Reservations are now being taken for the Seventh History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park, which will be held on Saturday, October 13 starting at 2 p.m. Admission is still only $10 per person, including light refreshments, for this wholesome family friendly event. Participants are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled wagon departure time for registration and other pre-loading activities.
The History Hayride sells out early every year so take time to make your reservations now by calling the park office at (931) 858-2114 or toll free at 1-800-250-8619. Cash or checks are due at the event, with a non-refundable advance deposit required for groups of four or more.
There will be nine wagon loads running about 30 minutes apart, stopping at ten or eleven sites where costumed re-enactors will portray characters and scenes representative of the history of the park and the area. The wagon trip will last approximately 90 minutes, departing from and returning to the Visitors Center where there will be cozy seating around the campfire and refreshments served inside.
Honoring the observance of the 150 year anniversary of the War Between the States there will be some new characters from that time period as well as some of the old favorites. “Old” characters include The Black Widow of Hazel Green (played by a new actress), Milton the Moonshiner, Mrs. Roley League, the Bible carrying, pistol packing mama of two Civil War soldiers, and Luke Denney, the legendary moonshine hauler.. Some of the new characters are local Civil War soldier, Captain Prettyman “Purt” Jones, and the lucky boy who found a valuable pearl in a mussel shell out of the Caney Fork.
The History Hayride is presented by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, along with park and other TN State employees. Fount Bertram, President of the Friends of Edgar Evins State Parks, suggests people dress warmly in layers and bring a blanket for the hayride as it tends to get chillier on the wagons with winds coming off the lake. For more information visit the Friends website at http://foeesp.ne1.net
For those wishing to make this a weekend or overnight outing there are cabins and camping facilities at the park. Information will be available at the same phone numbers given for reservations. In addition, The Galley Restaurant at the marina will offer a 15% discount that evening for patrons of the hayride