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The two RV Gypsies entered Tennessee
and stopped at Fort Pillow State Historic Park
May 29, 2022

Mississippi River sign Mississippi River bridge
Tennessee state line sign
Tennessee welcome sign

Below: The two RV Gypsies stopped at the I-65 Tennessee Welcome Center at milepost 2.8 (Giles County) while traveling north, before continuing their journey. They saw a few interesting things to photograph both inside and outside the rest stop.

pick Tennessee sign Tennessee Civil War  banner
1776-1976 banner wreath and small USA flag

Below: The Tennessee AMVETS dedicated this memorial to all veterans living or deceased who have honorably served their country so that freedom may reign - April 4, 1998 - Governor Don Sunquest Erected in 1998 by AmVets.

Veterans Memorial

The photo below is not meant to be disrespectful in any manner. But it is a "Mutt and Jeff" photo. Karen Duquette's brother had a friend who was tall and married a very short woman and that is how they referred to themselves, so that is what came to mind when Karen noticed this wonderful elderly couple holding hands. May everyone be so lucky to live so long, and be with someone they love. God Bless them.

The tall and short of it

Below: Signs marking the Start and Finish of a 1/8 mile walking loop in the rest stop. In all the rest stops the two RV Gypsies have been in, this was a first. What a great idea.

walk area at a TN rest stop walk area at a TN rest stop

The two RV Gypsies saw the signs posted below, and thought it would be nice to take a short hike.
Fort Pillow State Historic Park
3122 Park Road, Henning TN 38401

Lower Hatchie sign Fort PIllow State Park sign
Fort PIllow State Park entry

Located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. It was abandoned in 1862 due to the Union Navy's advancement along the Mississippi River. The area became a state park in 1971.

The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow is known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. The park’s museum offers Civil War artifacts including a cannon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow. There is a 12-minute video on the 1864 Battle shown by request as well as tours of the museum and restored fortifications. The museum is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The two RV Gypsies were here on a Sunday.

The view below was overgrown by trees, and definitely blocked the view of the Mississippi River as mentioned above.

Mississippi River overview Mississippi River overvie

However, The two RV Gypsies like to post informative and/or historical sign when possible.

Mississippi River sign river battle sign
Civil War sign

For restaurants the the two RV Gypsies visited in Tennessee, choose the red TOC button at the top of this page, then choose the red Restaurant button OR use the underlined link posted here.

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go to the next adventure Days Inn in Covington, TN


go back Check out other hotels the two RV Gypsies have stayed in.


go to the next adventure Skip the hotel and continue on to Patriot Park in Covington with the A-4L Skyhawk Attack Bomber as its centerpiece.


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