The Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park

Description

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association built a replica blockhouse around which to interpret life on the frontier of southwest Virginia during the late 18th century. The structure helps recall the Anderson Blockhouse along the Holston River at which families gathered until they had a party with enough guns to make it safer to proceed along Boone's Trace to Cumberland Gap and then into Kentucky.

Images Show

Prisoner exchange

Photograph by Randell Jones
The Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park, Clinchport, VA

In this reenactment, Cherokee warriors have come to the blockhouse to negotiate the release of a Cherokee woman captured by the settlers | Source: Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association www.danielboonetrail.com [View Additional File Details]

Settlers present a show of force outside the Blockhouse

Photograph by Randell Jones
The Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park, CLinchport, VA, 2005

As settlers moved west, intending to pass through the Cumberland Gap, they gathered at the Anderson Blockhouse to await the arrival of enough men with guns to increase their chances of warding off attacks by Cherokees resisting their passage into Kentucky. As an outpost at the edge of the frontier, the Blockhouse was subject to attack. [View Additional File Details]

A longhunter camps at the Blockhouse to hear the news of the day

Photograph by Randell Jones
The Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park, Clinchport, VA, 2014

Longhunters made primitive camps as they ventured into the wilderness to hunt game for survival and to collect deer skins and beaver pelts. [View Additional File Details]

Bartering

Photograph by Randell Jones
The Blockhouse, Natural Tunnel State Park, Clinchport, VA, 2014

Long hunters and settlers often had news or items the other needed. Friendly conversation and a fair exchange helped pass the time as they waited for the right time to move on. [View Additional File Details]

Daniel Boone Footsteps

"In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone" received the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award. The companion DVD, "On the Trail of Daniel Boone," received the Paul Green Multimedia Award. Both were conferred by the North Carolina Society of Historians. The book and DVD are available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com . | Creator: Randell Jones [View Additional File Details]

Cite this Page

“The Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park,” Daniel Boone's Trail, accessed September 17, 2019, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​dboone/​items/​show/​5.​
View a Random Story

Share this Story