Music at the Fort

Music at the Fort will be June 27 at Fort Defiance Civil War Park. Guests will enjoy a string band playing music of the 19th century. SUBMITTED

Grab a blanket and pack a picnic lunch for Music at the Fort, an outdoor musical event June 27 at Fort Defiance Civil War Park.

“This will be our first event since the pandemic, so we’re certainly glad to be back,” said William Parker, historical interpreter at Fort Defiance. “It’ll be a great opportunity for patrons to see the park and hear some music from the past.”

Guests will enjoy a string band playing music of the 19th century. Two sessions with a limit of 40 guests per session will promote social distancing. Session 1 will be from 11 a.m. until noon, and session 2 will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Music at the Fort is open to all ages and free to the public. Guests may enter on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for sitting.

For information about Fort Defiance, visit clarksvilleparkrec.com or call 931-645-7476.

The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center at 120 Duncan St. is operated by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department. The fort, which overlooks the confluence of the Red and Cumberland rivers, was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area and an important part of the Union occupation of Clarksville. In 1982, Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz donated the property to the city of Clarksville. In 2008, the city secured a $2.2 million federal grant that was combined with local funding to build the interpretive center and walking trails. The center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.

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