February 14, 2014
Clarksville is full of rich history, and with the 152nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Surrender of Clarksville this weekend, and the recent passing of the Forts former owner Judge Sam Boaz. Why don’t you go check out the Fort Defiance, and see what life was like during the Civil War era? Go experience the Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, along with some of the best preserved earthworks in the nation. The Civil War outpost overlooks the Cumberland and Red Rivers. There is a .85 mile smooth, rolling trail for visitors to enjoy.
In February of 1862 the fort was captured by Union forces, renamed and occupied for the remainder of the Civil War. The Fort was where many of the runaway and freed slaves would flee to during this time, and many were even given jobs around the fort.
In 1982 Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz donated the property to the City of Clarksville, and in 2008 the City secured a federal grant worth $2.2 million. The grant was combined with local funding to help build the Interpretive Center and trail.
There are many things that are available to visitors at Fort Defiance. Admittance is free, and group tours and field trips are as well. In the exhibit “Crossroads of Change: Clarksville, Tennessee 1861-1865,” visitors are able to see what life was like during pre-Civil War.