TCWPA Announces Three-Star Tour “Vortex of War: The Civil War in the Upper Cumberland”

September 2, 2017
8:30 AM - 3 PM*

Cookeville - Jamestown - Sparta

Join Dr. Aaron Astor, Associate Professor of History at Maryville College and author of The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau for TCWPA’s next Three-Star tour of Civil War sites in the Upper Cumberland.  A remote and rugged “No Man’s Land” between mostly pro-Union East Tennessee and pro-Confederate Middle Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland contained some of the most bitterly divided communities during the entire Civil War.  Participants will visit Travisville, home of the first Civil War military action in the state in September, 1861.  The tour will explore several sites related to famed guerilla war chieftains like Champ Ferguson and Tinker Dave Beaty.

Cumberland County Both Sides Monument

Tour Schedule

8:30 AM:  Check in at the Cookeville Depot Museum at 116 West Broad Street in downtown Cookeville.

9:00 AM:  Tour departs

Noon:  Lunch in Jamestown (bring your lunch or fast-food)

*Note:  Three final stops after lunch are optional for those who have to leave the tour early.

3:00 PM:  Tour ends in Sparta with optional trip to Calfkiller Brewery

Other Tour Notes:

The tour will go rain or shine.   Mostly a driving tour, participants will spend 15-20 minutes at each stop with short walks at each site.   Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen and insect repellant and wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.  We’ll provide bottled water and snacks.

The tour driving distance is about 135 total miles, circling through the Upper Cumberland plateau on winding mountain roads.  Car-pooling is recommended.

The tour is open to the public; there is no fee but pre-registration is required.   If the tour fills, we will keep a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

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As of 8/18 the tour is full.   We have started a waiting list.   If you register, we will place your registration on the waiting list and contact you if a place on the tour opens.  Typically we have cancellations as we get closer to the date.    

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