Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement in rural Montgomery County opens its 2022 season this weekend, April 1-3, 2022. This 40-acre open-air property showcases pioneer life from 1840-1900 with 16 authentically furnished buildings. Guests can discover pioneer life in this beautiful and peaceful place that's fun and educational. The historic site makes a perfect day outing for families and history buffs in the region or a terrific addition to a Clarksville weekend getaway.
New directors Kristy Proctor and Mark Britton are planning fun, engaging and educational activities each weekend, beginning with “Pioneer Prankster’s Trail of Tricks and Journey of Jokes” for April Fools Weekend. Visitors can follow the foolish trickster’s path of pranks, read the silly jokes and answer true/false historic trivia questions.
Other April events include “Cherish an Antique Weekend,” April 7-10, where visitors will gain ideas for using past items in the present. April 9 is Spring Planting day where volunteers can help fill the property’s landscape with color. During Easter Weekend, April 14-16, activities include help-yourself games like a lucky foot race, an 1870s-style Easter Egg Roll and more. Historic Collinsville is closed on Easter Sunday. April 27-May 1 is designated “Time Travel Through the Trees” where guests will learn how to identify significant weather and historic issues by looking at tree rings. They’ll also connect history to the present-day by discovering where else in the community they can locate specific trees.
Visiting Collinsville gives guests the opportunity for a self-paced, self-guided stroll through a re-creation of the past with an audio tour. The 40-acre, open-air property showcases pioneer life from 1840-1900 with 16 authentically furnished buildings. See the earliest “first home” to the expansive Dogtrot House, a tobacco-drying house, smokehouse, church/schoolhouse, wildlife center, loom house, cobbler’s shop, teacher’s home and more. Picnic tables are placed throughout the property and a covered pavilion with tables and restrooms is also on site. A visitor center greets guests and offers period souvenirs.
Beginning April 1, Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement will be open Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sundays 1- 4 p.m. through October, except for holidays. Regular admission is $8 for ages 13 and up; $4 for ages 6-12 and free to children under age 6. Military receive a 10% discount with a valid ID. Butter making is $1 per person. Special event admission varies. The property is open other days and times for groups of six or more guided tours, rentals, weddings, or special events.
“We are privileged to have a historical asset like this in our own community,” said Visit Clarksville Chairman Matt Cunningham. “We hope everyone locally, as well as visitors traveling here, will come out and enjoy learning about pioneer life and this history of the region at Historic Collinsville.”
About Historic Collinsville
Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement opened in 1974 to give children a “hands-on” experience outside of the classroom about life from the 1840s through the turn of the century. It has been open to the public since 1997, recreating the past with restored historical structures, each filled with authentic period furnishings that show a glimpse of life before and after the Civil War. The property is located at 4711 Weakley Road in Southside, 20 minutes south of downtown Clarksville. Montgomery County Government purchased Historic Collinsville from founders Glenn and JoAnn Weakley in 2018. The property is managed and marketed by Visit Clarksville.
Photo 1: Steve Litteral; Photo 2: Journal Communications-Nathan Lambrecht