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Byrdstown, Tennessee

Byrdstown, Tennessee, with a population of 3,589, is located in Pickett County, TN 100.9 miles from Nashville, TN.

The closest airport to Byrdstown is Livingston Municipal Airport (8A3).

Byrdstown, Tennessee was established in the late 1800s.

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Attractions in or close to Byrdstown:

Cordell Hull Birthplace, Museum and State Park

The Cordell Hull Birthplace, Museum and State Park is an historic site located on forty-five acres in the rustic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Byrdstown, Tennessee, midway between Nashville and Knoxville near the Kentucky border. The site consists of Hull's original log cabin birthplace, an activities center, and a museum exhibition building housing documents and artifacts pertaining to Hull's life and career. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize medal, which he donated along with many personal items.

The Old Mulkey Meeting House
The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse was established in 1797 or 1798. It is noted as the oldest wooden building of its kind in the state of Tennessee. The Old Mulkey Church, located about two miles from present day Tompkinsville, was established by a small band of pioneer Baptists from North and South Carolina led by Philip and John Mulkey. At first, they had religious services in their homes. Later, those who organized this church acquired six acres of land and built a log meeting house on the banks of Mill Creek, about 200 yards from the present site. The first preacher mentioned in the 1798 minutes was John Mulkey. In April 1804, a committee of seven men was appointed to make plans for building a new meetinghouse. The next month the committee reported that the building was to be 50 feet long and 30 feet wide, shingled with jointed shingles, and including five windows and three doors. This crude log structure, with puncheon floor, pegleg seats, chinked and daubed walls, clapboard shutters, and hand driven shingles was built with 12 corners and in the shape of a cross with three doors. In 1809 the church "split" over doctrine and the larger group remained and worshiped in this building, later called the Mulkey Meetinghouse. The church continued to meet there regularly until about 1855. In the early 1900's, local citizens spearheaded an effort to restore the Meetinghouse. In November 1931, the meetinghouse and adjoining cemetery were declared a Kentucky State Park.

Pickett County Historic and Scenic Driving Tour
If you are interested in the Bushwhackers, Guerillas and Partisan Rangers of the Civil War, WWI hero Sgt. Alvin C. York, Father of the United Nations Cordell Hull, the scenic, botanical and geological wonders of Pickett State Park and Forest, the wild and free-flowing rivers and scenic gorges of the Big South Fork National Park, the Victorian Village of Historic Rugby or the grandeur of vistas of Dale Hollow Lake, this is the place to be. All of this can be found within a short reach of Byrdstown.

Obey River Campground
The Obey River Campground and Day-use area is located on Dale Hollow Lake about 3 miles south of Byrdstown. The campground has 132 sites. Water and/or electric hook-ups available. Additional amenities include hot showers, playgrounds, two picnic shelters, a swimming beach, a dump station, laundry facilities, a boat launch, and a public telephone. A full-service public marina is nearby.

Sgt. Alvin York State Historical Park
The Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall, Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The Park has a museum and picnic facilities.

Pickett State Park and Forest
Situated in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation. Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country.

Festivals in Byrdstown:

Cordell Hull Folk Festival - Enjoy bluegrass and gospel music, old fashion dress, storytelling, arts and crafts, handcrafted gifts, clogging and visit the modest log cabin birthplace of the famous Cordell Hull, Father of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. There is food, music, and fun throughout the day. A brand new children's area features: Children's Hay Maize, Corn Shuck Doll Making, and Petting Zoo.
Rollercoaster Fair - A three day grassroots extravaganza from Mammoth Cave, KY to Tennessee - around Dale Hollow Lake and back to Glasgow, KY, with over 150 miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, southern foods, BBQ, entertainment, souvenirs, flea markets and moreStarting your day with a pNext a. The Rollercoaster Fair in Kentucky, started in 1986 by Sarah Ann Bowers, is one of her proudest accomplishments. Ms. Bowers wanted to improve the beautiful Cordell Hull Highway and needed to prove that this road was well traveled. Therefore, in 1986 she put a fair on the Cordell Hull Highway and in 2001, 140,000 visitors traveled to the Rollercoaster Fair! For their ten year anniversary, the attendance surpassed that of the Kentucky Derby and today Hwy. 63, Kentucky Scenic Byway is a road well traveled and has been greatly improved, due to Ms. Bowers persistent efforts. Ms. Bowers has also been instrumental in bringing Rollercoaster Fair 2002 in to the State of Tennessee, working with Kentucky's neighbor and bringing it down Hwy. 63 to Celina, Clay County, Livingston, Overton County and ending in Byrdstown, Tennessee, birthplace of Cordell Hull. The Rollercoaster Fair 2003 had the theme, "Let Freedom Ring" and honored our U.S. Servicemen.

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