Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center, Goodlettsville

#11 of 14 in Historic Sites in Davidson County
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  • April 10, 2017
    Mansker's Station hosts Heritage Days. The entire fort and historic home are open and hosted by very knowledgeable historians. In the fort, there was a sheep shearer, a woman spinning yarn from sheep ...  more »
  • January 19, 2017
    I spent time at the historic Mansker’s Station and it was a great experience. If you love history, this is a must see stop. The Station portrays tow significant time periods in Tennessee’s History. Th...  more »
  • October 17, 2016
    This was an awesome tour!! We got there at the end of the day and it had been raining...hard all the way from Nashville, so I am not sure if it wasn't busy because of that or it is just a hidden gem. ...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Great historical experience. Gives you a good feeling of frontier life as well as a tour of a large house from a later period. Guides and staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Great for history buffs
  • March 20, 2017
    The Staff is very nice and knowledgeable. If you love history, than I would recommend that you visit this place!
  • November 3, 2016
    We arrived just after they reopened from their one hour lunch break at 1:00 and discovered, much to our delight, that we had the place to ourselves. Upon our entrance to the fort, we were met by a burley mountain of a man who was enthusiastic not only about the fact that we were homeschoolers (“they ask the best questions,” he said), but about his historical knowledge. Like a pot of well warmed soup, he bubbled over with bits of information and interesting tidbits while showing us around. Any questions we asked were met with a knowledgeable answer. About 1/2 way through our tour we met a second guide who continued our deluge of learning. This time we received an education and demonstration of the importance of the local blacksmith. Switching back to our initial guide, we were invited into the woodworking shop for a demonstration of his lathe and shave horse skills while explaining details of his craft and tools. The kids were invited to partake in some of the activities (sans sharp objects). Next we were escorted into the nearby 200-year-old Bowen Plantation home (the longest standing brick structure in middle Tennessee) and given a tour and explanations of various antique medical equipment (because the home was at one time owned by a doctor). In addition, we were given a demonstration of various textile machines for the development of fabric from hemp, cotton and wool. It was also here that we saw our first cotton plants in bloom and had the chance to attempt seed removal by hand (think cotton wrapped around velcro). The afternoon was a plethora of one-on-one experiential learning. Overall our experience was fantastic. I could not have asked for a better value for the time, knowledge and expertise demonstrated through their patient staff. I’d highly recommend stopping by for a visit should you find yourself in the area, you won’t be disappointed. Travel details: -Nearby: Mansker’s Station is located adjacent to a park which we intended to visit but ran out of time. This would be a great place to eat if you happen to come during the 12-1 hour that they are closed or just to let your kids burn off some energy. -Parking: easy. We were able to park both our van, truck and 40′ RV without a problem using the park loop driveway which has designated parking areas throughout. Exiting was also easy due to the loop design. -Time to tour: Some may be able to tour this place in 1-2 hours, but that would require moving much quicker than we did. We were there for at least 3 hours–I guess we ask good questions ;). -Prices: $8 for adults (which begins at age 13-super lame in my opinion) and $4 for kids ages 6-11. For some reason I could not find any pricing info online before we arrived so I was thankful to see that they were so affordable. There are AAA, senior and military discounts. -Hours: They are open weekdays from 8:00-4:30 with the last tour beginning at 3:00.
  • February 17, 2017
    Not a soul around, period dress. Barrington Farm it is not. Maybe an off day.
  • July 3, 2016
    Excellent historical recreation of the era, with a beautiful visitor center, and a park to roam when you're finished there.

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