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Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier
Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier

Did you sing along to the Ballad of Davy Crockett when you read the title?  In Morristown we do for sure.  We have the Crockett Tavern right here and lots of local historians and re-enactors to take you back in time .  Darrell Williams contributes the following historical information along with an event reminder:


Davy Crockett's 226th Birthday Celebration will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 17 at the Crockett Tavern Museum. Birthday refreshments, children's activities, tours of the museum, Jim Claborn as Davy, re-enactors, music by Mitchell Bradley, and a Bill Landry book signing will be available. Smokin' Joe's restaurant catering will be on site as well. THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

Did you know that during the 1955 Morristown City Centennial, the local Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities played a major role in the celebration of the life of David Crockett who spent his boyhood years in the area. The American Hero lived in Morristown from about age 10 until he married at age 20 and moved to Jefferson County for about 5 yrs before heading to Western TN.

A highlight of the festivities was the appearance of the Walt Disney movie star, Fess Parker on May 29, 1955, while the movie "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was showing at the Princess Theater in downtown Morristown. (shown in picture here) A spectacular pageant was held along with a large parade marching thru the downtown streets boasting storefronts decorated with a Crockett pioneer theme.

A replica of the Crockett family well was constructed on the site of the original (located in 1949) for the Centennial celebration. Representatives from the Alamo visited the city. Leaders from Morristown visited San Antonio, TX. Proceeds from the Centennial celebration were sought by the local APTA chapter to build a memorial to the Crockett family. Groundbreaking for the site was held on August 17, 1956. The initial idea was to build a formal museum with a statue of the Alamo hero out in front.

Due to funding restraints, a log cabin structure was completed which represented the type of building that would have housed a tavern such as the one run by Davy's father, John Crockett. Numerous material donations of logs, large building stones, and items of historical significance from old homes and other buildings in Hamblen and surrounding counties were included in the project. The end result was the opening of the Crockett Tavern Museum on April 21, 1958 which still stands today and open for visitors. Please go check out this local treasure and learn more about America's Hero from Morristown, TN

Thanks Darrell and the Crockett Tavern Museum ( http://www.discoveret.org/crockett/index.html ) for the lesson and I hope to see scores of people at the Tavern tomorrow. 

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