Welcome to David Crockett State Park
—Lawrenceburg, Tennessee —
The man whose personality and unique humor would capture the imagination of an entire nation conditioned his winning ways not by hunting wild game or fighting Indians, but through his tenure of public service, and that started here in Lawrenceburg. When David Crockett first arrived in this area, he could barely read or write with any consistency and he was not a successful farmer. He was also fortunate just to be alive. Although he had survived the brutal Indian Wars, and the loss of his wife, he had also recently suffered two severe bouts with malaria. One was so severe
But despite his setbacks, what made David Crockett entirely different from most men of his time was a fierce determination that matched his impressive physical stature along with a sense of humor that worked in tandem with a real desire to help those less fortunate.
Politics finds Crockett
When the Crockett family traveled the eighty miles from Bean Creek to “The head of Shoals Creek” near Lawrenceburg in 1817, a wild environment awaited them.
“We remained here…without any law at all; and so many bad characters began to flock in upon us, that we found it necessary to set up a sort of temporary government of our own.”
In four and a half short years, Crockett became a renaissance man of sorts for Lawrence County. Not only did he provide for his growing family, he was appointed or elected to a series of political positions including Justice of the Peace, town commissioner, colonel/commandant of the 57th Regiment of Militia, and member of the Tennessee state legislature. While constantly engaged with local and state politics, he and his wife also created, built, and operated a small industrial complex consisting of a gristmill, gunpowder factory, and a distillery - until a flash flood destroyed it. Unable to financially recover from this natural disaster, David and his family reluctantly moved to Gibson County (near Rutherford) in 1822 to start their lives anew.
“I became so well pleased with the country about there, that I resolved to settle in it. And so moved and settled myself down at the head of Shoals Creek.”
Location. 35° 16.048′ N, 87° 21.72′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Davey Crockett State Park Rd. Touch for map. Marker is located on the outside wall of the Crockett Museum at the mill. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceburg TN 38464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1786-1836 David Crockett (here, next to this marker); A Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett: (here, next to this marker); Red-Tailed Hawk (here, next to this marker); David Crockett (here, next to this marker); Retracing the Trail of Tears (approx. 1.4 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pioneers in Textiles (approx. 1.8 miles away); Courthouse - Lawrence County Tennessee (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrenceburg.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Politics • Wars, US Indian •
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