Establishing a John Sevier State Park in Tennessee
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John Sevier is the Father of the state of Tennessee. In 1772 he was one of the first European settlers of the North Carolina territory west of the Appalachian Mountains and was involved in establishing the first democracy in North America known as the Watauga Agreement. John Sevier was one of the principal commanders at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780 against the British in which the victory is known as the turning point of the American Revolution. He was also key in protecting the frontier settlers from attacks by British sponsored Native Americans. After the American Revolution he was brigadier general of the Southwest territory. John was engaged in 35 battles in which he was commander and was victorious in all engagements. John Sevier was not only the first governor of Tennessee, but was also elected to six two-year terms as Tennessee's governor from 1796 to 1801 and from 1803-1809. Sevier was also elected to three terms in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1811 until his death in 1815. Davy Crockett has two state parks in Tennessee. Davey Crockett's neighbor on the Nolichucky River was John Sevier and his boyhood hero. Davey Crockett would agree that John Sevier should have a state park. The state of Tennessee already owns 35 acres known as Marble Springs that was part of the property owned by John Sevier while he was governor. The site is Marble Springs State Historic Site. Making the site a state park will direct more attention to the man instead of where he lived and provide a full time park manager to the site. None of the buildings at Marble Springs are from the John Sevier period, and the site was also used to place excess dirt from the construction of Governor John Sevier Highway. At present the site is managed by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conversation, Historical Commission. Placing the site under the Division of State Parks would bring additional funding to the site, open the site year round, and remove the management from the under funded Memorial Association while placing a full time park ranger on site. Please support our Tennessee history by signing our John Sevier Chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association petition to establish a John Sevier State Park.
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