David Crockett State Park
- Not to be confused with Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Greene County, Tennessee.
|David Crockett State Park|
Crockett Falls in David Crockett State Park
|Area||1,100 acres (4,500,000 m2)|
|Operated by||Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation|
The park is located on Shoal Creek originally called the (Sycamore River). and commemorates the historical activities of famous frontiersman David Crockett in the local area. Crockett settled near the creek bank in 1817 and started a powder mill, grist mill and distillery using the creek's water power. By 1820, he owned 614 acres (248 ha) of land at Shoal Creek. He also served as one of Lawrence County's first commissioners and justices of the peace. After his industrial operations were destroyed by a flood in September 1821, Crockett left the area and moved to West Tennessee. The park was established in 1959 on 1,100 acres (450 ha) of land that includes the site where Crockett had his mills and distillery.
Park facilities include reconstructions of a dam and mill. A historical museum in the park, open during the summer months, is focused on Crockett's life. A covered bridge built across Shoal Creek in 1959 was destroyed by flooding in 1998 and replaced the following year. A 40-acre (16 ha) lake offers opportunities for fishing and boating.
Visitor facilities include two campgrounds and a restaurant. Seven two-bedroom visitor cabins built in the park in 2010 were the first vacation homes in a U.S. state park to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- "Parks in Lawrence County". Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- "David Crockett State Park". Tennessee State Parks. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- "David Crockett and the State Park". City of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- Judith Hasday. David Crockett. p. 104.
- "Former Covered Bridges". Covered Bridges in Tennessee. Tennessee Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "David Crockett State Park Green Cabins Education Manual" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. October 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
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