Morristown in Hamblen County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
David Crockett – A Tennessee Legacy
“Be always sure you are right, then go ahead!” – David Crockett
Pioneer * Soldier * Statesman
The American Pioneer
Born into grinding poverty within the vast and dangerous American wilderness, David Crockett embodied the epitome of the typical frontier pioneer. His early upbringing and Scots-Irish culture combined to define his physical strength, determination, and persistence to outlast the many setbacks he encountered in his lifetime.
The Frontier Soldier
David Crockett’s call into military service during the War of 1812 was not unlike his father’s duty forty-three years earlier in the American Revolution. Upon hearing that hostile
Statesman: The Gentleman from the Cane
Despite being known as a famous bear hunter, David Crockett invested almost forty percent of his life in public service. His career began in 1817 as Justice of the Peace, then moved on to be Colonel of the 57th Militia, State Representative, and finally as a United States Congressman where he served for three terms. His primary focus was to help squatters acquire land at affordable prices. He bitterly opposed President Andrew Jackson’s policies, especially his Indian Removal Bill which later cost Crockett his political career.
“It was here that I began to distinguish myself as a hunter, and to lay the foundation for all my future greatness; but mighty little did I know what sort it was going to be.’ David Crockett from his Narrative, 1834.
Tennessee State Parks – Crockett Related Sites
1 – David Crockett Birthplace State Park – Limestone. Born here on August 17, 1786.
2 – Sycamore Shoals State Park – Elizabethton. John Crockett (David’s father) assembled here with other Patriots to fight British Tories at Kings Mountain.
3 – Warriors Path State Park – Kingsport.
4 – Cumberland Mountain State Park – Crossville. David, his wife Polly ad two sons migrated to Middle TN through the Cumberland Plateau here.
5 – David Crockett State Park – Lawrenceburg. David and second wife Elizabeth and five children moved here in 1817. Crockett begins career in politics, elected Colonel of Militia in 1818.
6 – Chickasaw State Park – Chester County. Colonel Crockett campaigned for Congress in the area and rode by this site in 1835 on the way to Texas.
7 – Big Cypress Tree State Park – Greenfield. One of Crockett’s favorite hunting grounds.
8 – Reelfoot Lake State Park. Created by the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12, this became Crockett’s primary hunting ground for large black bear.
Location. 36° 13.285′ N, 83° 16.066′ W. Marker is in Morristown, Tennessee, in Hamblen County. Marker is on Morningside Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the Crockett Tavern Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown TN 37814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Conestoga Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Crockett Tavern (within shouting distance Erected in Memory of the 22 Hamblen County Boys Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morris Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Caught in the Crossfire (approx. 1.8 miles away); Return From Kentucky (approx. 2 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Russellville Area (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
Also see . . .
1. Davy Crockett. (Submitted on November 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. David Crockett - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on November 26, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.