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“Tour led by Sgt. York's son, natural beauty, important history”

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Pall Mall
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Imagine our surprise when Sgt. Alvin York's son greeted us at the door! Andrew Jackson York, age 83, began by narrating each photo in the entryway, adding personal and poignant comments as we enjoyed the collection. In the living room, there was Sgt. York's desk, lamp and Bible, and other family memorabilia fills the home. We took a walk behind the barn and down to the river, across the swinging bridge, to the cemetery where the hero, his wife Gracie (or "Mommy" as Andrew lovingly called her) and other family members are laid to rest.
Let me back up and say one should begin the tour at the general store, where you'll see a short movie and get your map of the sites. You can grab a cold drink and something to eat here, too. I loved the grist mill and the sound of water running over the dam. Bring a picnic lunch and have it under the mill on the banks of the river. There are plenty of picnic tables, restrooms and a playground.
We all know the soldier from the Gary Cooper movie of 1941, but this tour introduces you to the man. He returned to his humble beginnings, refused millions of dollars in endorsements, and spent his life helping the community he so loved. Let's not forget this great American.
There is no admission, but please donate to keep the home open and restore Alvin York's historic Bible School.

5  Thank ILoveMyBicycle
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We have passed the signs along the interstate for the Sgt York Historic Park, and this summer we decided to make the detour enroute from Nashville towards I-81. It was a bit under an hour there and then back again, but worth it. We are all familiar with the movie Sgt. York. The film in the visitors center, the house, the church, and the graveyard are all very moving, and it made me realize that Sgt. York was a real man, not just the character portrayed so well by Gary Cooper. Our guide in the house was Sgt. York's son, and his personal touch did make the experience that much better. It was not crowded, even though it was the holiday weekend.

5  Thank auroraarielella
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Everyone who visits us for more than a day is treated to a visit of Sgt York's hometown and the Historic Park consisting of the York homeplace, general store, grist mill and cemetery. The park rangers/guides are often York family members and they have so many stories of the family. The movie with Gary Cooper is a good start but as you will learn, Mr Cooper's quiet demeanor was definitely NOT Sgt York's. He was a talker and he knew how to get things done. On display are the many medals and honors bestowed on Sgt York and his diary can be purchased at the store. He was instrumental in creating the York Institute so that mountain children could be educated and he made sure that there were roads enough to get them to school. Please join the Sgt York Patriotic Foundation to insure that his goals and accomplishments are remembered and revered.

4  Thank Dayle J
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I watched the Sgt York movie when I was young and it always stuck with me. When we were planning a trip to the area I ordered to movie just to refresh my memory on all of the details. It was truly an honor to then visit the York homestead and burial site. Kids and Grandkids are often there giving the tour and answering questions and working across the road at the gift shop. Driving thru the area you'll see many mail boxes that say York and Pyle which is pretty cool. Everyone was so very friendly. For sure a must see !

6  Thank Countyline42
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We started off in Crossville (Flea Market), drove thru the quaint town of Cookeville (who's stores were closed because of the holiday - but don't they realize visitors visit on a holiday?!), then drove toward Jamestown and ended up going thru the Sgt. York Park, home and grave site. I believed it was fitting, considering the holiday, to remember this hero on this day. The home is open to the public, the store has a nice short film about the Yorks, and the church and grave site were peaceful.

6  Thank charlotteann0961
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