2020 Schedule of Events



Author Jerry T. Wooten will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center on the important role the Union supply depot at Johnsonville, Tennessee played in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Ft. Defiance Interpretive Center is located at 120 Duncan St, Clarksville, TN
On January 25th, Fort Defiance will be hosting a Civil War book fair. Over 100 books will be for sale. Most of the books are out of print and many date from the late 1800s. The books are from a prestigious 70-year-old local collection. This is a unique opportunity to obtain vintage books covering individual battles, politics, soldier life and much more. FREE, open to all ages, no pre-registration required
On February 8th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Ft. Defiance Interpretive Center, members of the Mount Olive Cemetery Preservation Society will share biographies of men who joined the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War and are now buried at Mount Olive. Ms. Nettie Thomas will also be presenting a monologue as Harriet Tubman.
On Saturday, February 22nd, at the Ft. Defiance Interpretive Center, the Friends Group will host a living history event to commemorate the 158th anniversary of the surrender of Clarksville to Union soldiers in 1862 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, April 11th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, local artifact collectors will display their collections. Come learn more about those items lurking in your closet or collecting dust on your display shelves. Bring them to the Fort to find out more about your treasures! For educational purposes only, no sales. Open to the public.
Friends of Fort Defiance will present the annual March To The Past event on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 am til 3:30 pm. There will be numerous exhibits on civilian and military life in the 19th century, artillery firing and more! Click on the picture to see more photos.
Mark Britton will speak about medical treatments and medicine during the Civil War era from 10 am until 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 23rd at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. Learn about medicine and doctors in the 1860s and see a display of 19th century medical instruments.
Music At the Fort will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 11 am until 3 pm. Come out and bring blankets and chairs to sit on and a picnic for your family while you enjoy Marlin Rood and his String Band as they play period Civil war era music. Click on the picture to see more photos.
On July 11th from 10 am to 3:30 pm, come watch Wet Plate Photography demonstrations with Mr. Grant Kirkwood. Come see how photography was done during the Civil War. This event is cancelled due to covid 19
A Day With The Dead Cancelled due to covid 19. On Saturday, August 8th, from 5 pm til 7 pm, listen to reenactors portraying important women and men who lived in Clarksville TN and Montgomery county from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, at the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center.
Sevier Days will be held at Fort Defiance on Saturday, September 12th  from 10 am until 3:30 pm. There will be 18th century re-enactors, mountain men, and Native American re-enactors demonstrating 18th century skills and ways of life. Learn about the history of Sevier Station and its importance to Clarksville, TN
Halloween at Fort Defiance will be held on Friday, October 30th at 6:30 pm. Come listen to frightful stories from Clarksville’s past and those of surrounding areas around a bon fire. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on. In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.
Come celebrate Christmas as folks did in the 1860s in Clarksville, TN. On Saturday, December 12th, at 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm and again from 5:00 pm til 6:30 pm. Santa will be there to read The Night Before Christmas, there will be period refreshments, parlor games, reenactors and carol singing!