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Campbellsville Heritage Festival set for Oct. 6 in Giles County
Posted on October 03, 2012
Campbellsville is not a forgotten community, nor is it a community that has
forgotten its past. Established during Giles County’s infancy,
Campbellsville has survived as a Giles County community for two centuries,
experiencing the ebb and flow of events that changed the nation and the
world. Yet, the peaceful hamlet nestled beneath the tall hills of the
Southern Highland Rim, surrounded by broad fields of rich, brown soil and
nourished by the deep waters of Big Creek, has remained unchanged in its
pride, beauty and hospitable nature.
The Campbellsville Area Association, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization
dedicated to preserving Campbellsville’s heritage and promoting its future,
presents its fourth annual Campbellsville Heritage Festival on Oct. 6
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For the past three years a growing crowd has descended upon the little burg
to shop with vendors, learn as craftsmen demonstrate traditional methods,
learn folk dancing, listen to musicians and vocalists perform, view vintage
vehicles and gobble hot barbeque roasted on the spot. Activities for the
free event are spread along Campbellsville’s main thoroughfare along State
Highway 166 North between and the Campbellsville United Methodist Church
and old town center. The Methodist Church’s Memorial Hall is transformed
into a temporary museum with displays, photographs, Campbellsville School
annuals, artifacts and genealogies offered for review. A self-directed
driving tour highlights Campbellsville’s historic places.
A Civil War encampment with firearms and artillery demonstrations takes
visitors back to the period in Campbellsville’s history when the War became
quite personal. Once Union troops burned stores, the blacksmith shop and
the doctor’s office alleging retribution for bushwhackers. In the days
leading to the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville, on Nov. 24,
1864, the Battle of Campbellsville saw heavy fighting, leaving hundreds
dead. A year before, in November 1863, Sam Davis, the Boy Hero of the
Confederacy who was hanged at Pulaski, is believed to have spent the night
before his capture near Campbellsville.
The Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration for the Run the Rolling
Hills 5k. Participants will be walking and running across the same creek
that Indians crossed when traveling on the Trail of Tears and down the same
road that Union soldiers used for their retreat from Campbellsville during
the Civil War.
The festival wraps up in later afternoon as visitors relax in their lawn
chairs and listen to the featured band.
Admission is free. To register for a booth or the race, visit
www.campbellsvilletn.com or call (931) 363-3900 or 931-363-8774. Additional
information about the festival is available at tinyurl.com/caaheritage.