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Tennessee: Appalachian Spring Tour


Come along for a fascinating view of local history rooted in Reformation Scotland, involving an “unsinkable” ship that sank, hordes of Scots-Irish immigrants fighting for American Independence, and the “Lost State” of Franklin. We will cap it off in style with a day of Highland Games in the park!

Landmark Events Historian Bill Potter will lead our group as we visit the fantastic Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge and travel east an hour to the site of Bean Station, one of the earliest permanently settled communities in Tennessee and now completely submerged thanks to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Cherokee Dam. You will hear inspiring stories of bold and brave men like John Sevier, who led the Overmountain men to victory in the Battle of King’s Mountain, and Archibald Butts, one of the world’s wealthiest men that sacrificially went down with the ship in order that women and children may live.

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

Inside view of the Titanic Museum

Bean Station, TN, established by William Bean in 1776 as a frontier outpost

The Battle of King’s Mountain,
October 7, 1780

John Sevier (1745-1815)
Veteran who fought in the Battle of King’s Mountain, founding father and first Governor of Tennessee

Daniel Boone (1734-1820)
Frontiersman, pioneer and statesman, serving three terms in the Virginia General Assembly

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This two-day tour has loads of fun and flexibility built in so it’s ideal for large families. You take your own car and meet us at the sites where we will provide the historical interpretation from a distinctly Christian perspective and set you free to explore your own interests. Think of it as a historical buffet—come to everything, or just the parts you want, it’s up to you!

We designed this tour to be simple, affordable and enjoyable for the entire family. Whether you come for a day or the whole campaign, we look forward to walking through history with you!

A portion of the original Bean Station settlement in 1938, four years before the TVA flooding of the region

Old Bean Station Tavern, constructed in 1825, hosted such dignitaries as Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk

Highland Games, Stone Put!

Highland Games, Tug o’ War!

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Come visit our booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Teach Them Diligently Conference Thurs-Sat, May 5-7 at the LaConte Center in Pigeon Forge featuring Kirk Cameron, David & Leslie Nunnery and many more great speakers!

(Separate registration required)

What’s Included

Wednesday, May 4

  • Introductory lecture by historian Bill Potter in Pigeon Forge
  • Admission to the Titanic Museum
  • Historical interpretation of Bean Station
  • East Tennessee history talk followed by Food & fellowship

Thursday, May 5

  • Highland Games! A great day in the park to exercise bodies and minds—Scottish Style!
  • Tug o’ War / Running Races / Arm wrestling / Stone Put / Fiddling
  • Scots-Irish Knowledge Bowl
  • Translation Contest
  • More Things Scottish!
  • Medals for the Winners!

What’s Included

Child Ticket
(Ages 0-4)

Youth Ticket
(Ages 5-16)

Adult Ticket
(Ages 17+)

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