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Exceeded my expectations

I had no idea it would be as beautiful as it was. The history of the Stone Fort is interesting and... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
895ashleye
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Tennessee
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Great Park

Very interesting park and very scenic and have been going there for years. Lots of waterfalls and a... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
Turnersoutheast
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Manchester, Tennessee
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Reviewed October 22, 2016

First time venturing to this park even though I had lived in Manchester for several years. We visited the museum which is under renovation, but we still got to see a few things there. The park official in the museum was friendly and provided feedback. The weather was nice and we followed the map to the first two markers; however, we decided to visit the rest of the hike some other time as we were not properly dressed for hiking today.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 22, 2016

I love most any kind of history, whether it is old battlefields, Indian mounds, trails or just nature. I was really looking forward to this visit. The 1st disappointment came with the park museum, which was being remodeled. Basically the book store was open, the museum only had about 3 posters on the wall to see, maybe a few replicas, nothing else. As far as I could tell, unless you bought a book you had no idea of what you were looking at. The signs along the trails were not very good at all, as a matter of fact we couldn't even figure out which way to start, no markings were available.

Although the fort walls looked somewhat like a civil war trench or earthworks, I really couldn't tell much about it. It almost looked like a natural bluff area but I finally noticed what a perfect curve was built in.

It was a beautiful place to walk, would have been a bit better about a month later with the leaves changing color. But without more signs telling you what you are seeing, it is just "another walk in the woods."

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

Located in the city of Manchester, the Old Stone Fort Park is a must see. I've taken my classroom students there several times when studying TN history. It's an easy walk around the entire mound, cool breezes and a bubbling river adds to the uniqueness of this state park.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed October 14, 2016

After visiting the ancient Native American ruins at Mesa Verde in Colorado and at Cahokia in Illinois, we were anxious to visit the Old Stone Fort near Manchester, Tennessee. It is a prehistoric structure built during the Middle Woodland Period, between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. It is the most complex hilltop enclosure found in the South and was likely used for ceremonial purposes rather than defense. But who built it? Located on a peninsula created by the confluence of the Duck River and the Little Duck River, its origins remained a mystery until the University of Tennessee conducted archaeological excavations in 1996. The study determined that the fort was built gradually over a period of several hundred years and the builders were two distinct local Middle Woodland cultures known as the McFarland and the Owl Hollow cultures, the first beginning work in the 1st century AD and the second completing it. For decades, it was largely assumed the structure was used for military defense but evidence from the 1996 excavations point more to a religious or ceremonial function and was not continuously inhabited by the builders. The walls of the Old Stone Fort consist of stone and earthwork and average four to six feet high. After using the structure over a period of 500 years, it was abandoned before European settlers arrived. Today, the fort is part of Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park, one of two archaeological parks in Tennessee. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is home to the Old Stone Fort Museum, which is located near the park entrance. Its exhibits and dioramas interpret the theories regarding the fort's builders, archeological excavations at the site, historical lineage of prehistoric Native Americans and the culture of its builders. In addition, there is a gift shop, a small theater for viewing an orientation film and other videos and an observation deck that offers views of the surrounding area and Blue Hole Falls. The park also offers an abundance of activities for guest to enjoy, including hiking, birding, camping and fishing. Note of caution: Bring your hiking boots. The terrain is rocky and rugged. And be sure to stop at the original entrance of the fort which was designed to face the exact spot on the horizon where the sun rises during the summer solstice. It is a very educational experience for one and all.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Nice park! The waterfalls were beautiful. Bring your hiking boots lots of rocks. We were there for about an hour.

Date of experience: October 2016
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