Start your day at Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center. Here, you’ll not only learn about Clarksville’s role in the Civil War, but also about the settlement and development of Clarksville’s economy from this convergence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers. Pop around the corner to see Montgomery County’s oldest standing structure, Sevier Station. As the River Flows is an indoor exhibit at the Cumberland RiverWalk showing the history of the river and Clarksville’s development from that river vantage. See a full-size caboose and engine at the restored L&N Train Depot, originally built in 1901. Take a leisurely drive out to Historic Collinsville, a living history settlement with 18 authentic log structures and period furnishings. (Open May-October.)
Day 2 Learn about Olympic Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph and other famous Clarksvillians at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. “Becoming Clarksville” is an elaborate permanent exhibit detailing Clarksville’s history. Take a walking tour of downtown and enjoy historic architecture from the mid 1800’s. Dozens of structures are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. Expand this tour by car to see beautiful homes like Emerald Hill, Archwood, Tip Top and more.
Dunbar Cave State Park, at over eight miles in length, is one of the largest caves in Montgomery County. In the roomy mouth of the cave on held square dances, radio shows and big band era concerts. Settled in the early 1780’s, Port Royal State Park commemorates one of the earliest colonial communities and trading posts in Middle Tennessee.