A visit to Mansker's Station brings the times of the pioneers to life, specifically the second half of the 1700's when Kasper Mankser played a pivotal role in settling the area along the Cumberland River in Tennessee. Mansker himself had an eventful time here fighting Indians and providing board for many historically important travelers. Take a step into the past and experience a true slice of pioneer life at Mansker's Station.
Things to Do
- The original Mankser Station was constructed by Kasper Mansker in 1780 though he had to take refuge at the nearby Fort Nasborough not long after due to Indian attacks. He returned in 1783 however to build a larger fort that could be more effectively defended. This fort had greater success and served as a safe haven for many travelers in the following years such as Andrew Jackson, Captain William Bowen and General Daniel Smith. You can find out about all this history and the times during which these pioneers lived on a visit here.
- The Station today is laid out as it would have most likely appeared in the late 1770's. So you can get a hands on feel for many aspects of pioneer life including agricultural work, cooking and the trials of a blacksmith.
Mansker's Station Insider Tips
- Children aged five and under are allowed in for free.
- The Station is closed to regular visitors on Saturdays and Sundays. However it is possible to organize group tours on appointment for Saturdays.