Volume 51, Number 29

eighteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 17, 2014

Educational Bivouac planned for May 16-18

May 16-18, the Friends of Cordell Hull, Good Neighbors Theatre and The Borderlands Foundation will be hosting The Affair at Travisville Civil War Educational Bivouac at the Pickett County Horsemen’s Association Fairgrounds and Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend!
Friday, May 16th is reserved for local school groups to come and tour the encampment and learn about local Civil War history. For those that don’t know. Pickett County, the Travisville Community more specifically, holds the distinction of being the spot of the FIRST military action during the Civil War in Tennessee. There were many skirmishes that took place in the area during the Civil War, plus loads of local lore. It may seem hard to believe today, but during that time, this area was a major travel route. General Sherman’s scouts crossed the river near Eagle Creek in Pickett County while looking for a shorter route eastward. These events hold quite a story to be shared and will be shared as is possible during the event. Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th are open to anyone wishing to attend. There will be a small admission charge ($5 person with 10 and under admitted free) on these two days to help offset the costs associated with the event.
The committee planning the event is in search of period vendors to set up and provide souvenirs for the event. If you are interested, or know of someone that is, please contact us for more information. The cost will be $10 to set up.
The number of vendors will be limited, so respond early by calling (931) 864-7195 or email at dalehollow@twlakes.net.
Sponsorship opportunities exist and packages are being formulated at this time. Let us know if you are interested through one of the contact points above.

Tentative General Schedule:
May 16 – School Day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will experience 4-6 stations and learn various aspects about life during the Civil War Era.
May 17 – 9AM-5PM “Life and Times of the Civil War” – come experience what a day may have been like during this turbulent time in American History.
May 18 – 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This day will include a church service for the re-enactors (and guests) along with other daily activities.

Food and other vendors will be on hand each day. Prepare for a beautiful spring day and bring your lawn chair for comfort in case you would like to “sit a spell”. www.AffairatTravisville.com

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