Crockett Tavern holds celebration in honor of Davy Crockett’s birthday

Sally Baker, Crockett Tavern Museum director, holds the 233rd birthday cookie cake. From left to right, Kenneth Sillow, Kyle’s Ford, Phillip Bradburry, of Morristown, Kellen Hightower and Carolina Hightower. Go online to for video coverage of Crockett’s Birthday.

Isaac Hendershot swung the hammer down hard on the hot metal iron that glowed bright orange. A clang rang out and he swung again and again.

The metal, still in a bar, was being flattened out little by little as the Kingsport blacksmith applied his trade.

“I’m working on a small knife,” Hendershot said.

Hendershot and other reenactors were in full force Saturday afternoon at the Crockett Tavern Museum to celebrate the 233rrd birthday of Davy Crockett.

Along the grassy lawn of the museum were demonstrations of period music, agruculture, milling and blacksmithing.

But no birthday party would be complete without a cake and the museum had that as well with two cookie cakes.

The highlight of the party, thought, were the arrival of almost 10 of Davy Crockett’s direct descendents. They came from as far away as Texas and Oklahoma to attend the event.

Tim Massey, president of Crockett’s Descendents, said the group had decided to hold its annual board meeting in Greeneville to coincide with Crockett Tavern Museum’s birthday celebration and Crockett Days at Davy Crockett’s birthplace in Greeneville.

“We came to the birthplace this morning and came here today,” he said.

Larry Brennam, a descendant, came from Apex, North Carolina. He stood at the festival wearing a coonskin cap and period buckskin leather clothes.

Brennam said he has played Davy Crockett often.

“I used to do reenactments down in San Antonio at the Alamo,” he said. “I was Davy Crockett.”

For Peggy Turner, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, it was her first time visiting East Tennesssee.

“I haven’t been able to get to these kind of places in a long time,” she said.

Katherine West, of Amarillo, Texas, brought three generations of Crockett descendants to the event. She is fourth generation, while her daughter is fifth generation and her granddaughter is sixth generation.

It was also her first time to East Tennessee.

“I’m enjoying it,” she said. “It’s beautiful here.”

Brennam said what they are trying to do is simple. For several, the legendary frontiersman who died at the Alamo is their uncle or grandfather.

“We’re trying to keep Crockett alive,” he said.