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New Johnsonville Area Events

Events in the New Johnsonville Area

Including Waverly, Richland Harbor, Duck River & Cuba Landing TN

If you're looking for something to do, we hope to help fulfill your quest with these events happening in the New Johnsonville area.

Paddling the Tennessee River - Kim Trevathan

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  December 14, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Kim Trevathan, who paddled the length of the river in 1998, will focus on his personal, professional, and spiritual connection to the Tennessee River. He'll talk about why he decided to paddle the length of a dammed river in a canoe with his dog Jasper in 1998. Showing photographs from the trip, he will describe the challenges (big boats, nine dams, weather, finding places to camp), what he learned, and about why he's planning a second trip going upstream from Paducah to Knoxville, in the same boat. Having grown up in Murray, Kentucky, and now residing in Maryville, Tenn, near the headwaters, Trevathan hopes to convey the spiritual and transformative possibilities of the Tennessee River and other waterways.

A native of Murray, Ky., Kim Trevathan's books are Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water (2001), Coldhearted River: A Canoe Odyssey down the Cumberland (2006), and Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin (2013). All three books were published by the University of Tennessee Press. His outdoor columns have appeared in the Daily Times (Maryville, Tenn.), the Metro Pulse (Knoxville), and the Knoxville Mercury. Trevathan has been teaching writing (journalism, creative nonfiction, and fiction) at Maryville College for 15 years. In the spring of 2018, the 20-year anniversary of his canoe trip down the Tennessee River and also the year he turns 60, Trevathan plans to paddle the Tennessee River going upstream.

Program is free to the public and is presented in support of the Smithsonian Institution's WaterWays Exhibition at Johnsonville State Historic Park November 18th - December 31st, 2017. The WaterWays Exhibition is a presentation of Museum on Main Street which in partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Humanities Tennessee, and Tennessee State Parks.

Recommended for Home Educators. Underwriting for this program presentation is provided by Humanities Tennessee.

Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy School Day

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  December 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Just what is a Brown Water Navy? How is it different from a Blue Water Navy? What was the Federal Navy doing in Tennessee anyway during the Civil War? These are all great questions and we have some great answers for you. Visit with Federal sailors and learn what role the Navy played in the Civil War history of Johnsonville. Find out how the sailors spent their time around the Army supply base at Johnsonville. As part of the event, visit the Smithsonian Institution's WaterWays exhibition at the Welcome Center. Learn how water impacts people's lives in peace, during war, for industry, recreation and more...

Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  December 16, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Just what is a Brown Water Navy? How is it different from a Blue Water Navy? What was the Federal Navy doing in Tennessee anyway during the Civil War? These are all great questions and we have some great answers for you. Visit with Federal sailors and learn what role the Navy played in the Civil War history of Johnsonville. Find out how the sailors spent their time around the Army supply base at Johnsonville. As part of the event, visit the Smithsonian Institution's WaterWays exhibition at the Welcome Center. Learn how water impacts people's lives in peace, during war, for industry, recreation and more...

An Interview with Robert Elvington

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  December 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Robert Allen Elvington was born April 9, 1929 in Johnsonville, Tennessee. He passed from this life after a long illness on August 8, 2016 at his home in Waverly, Tennessee.

Mr. Elvington served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America as a Corporal in the 7th Infantry Division in combat in Korea. He was honorably discharged in October of 1952. Back in the states, he went to work for Oman Construction in Nashville, Tennessee as a heavy equipment operator building the infrastructure for many of the city's new neighborhoods, hospitals and the Municipal Auditorium. He met his future bride after seeing her with a family friend. He had a car, they wanted to cruise, and the rest is history.

The couple married on April 5, 1958 in Corinth, Mississippi. They moved to Nashville where Robert continued working for Oman. In 1963, the young Elvington family moved back to Humphreys County where Mr. Elvington commuted for a few years until being hired at Conalco Aluminum Plant. He worked there for 23 years until the plant closed in 1985.

The Elvingtons started Waverly Family Florist in 1983 and he drove the delivery truck. After they sold the business, they traveled with Brown and Root Construction. They finally retired to enjoy more time with their grandchildren.

When he was feeling well, Mr. Elvington spent nearly every day at the Johnsonville State Historic Park (former site of Old Johnsonville) where he enjoyed sitting in his jeep by the water, watching the wildlife and talking with friends and visitors to the park. He never met a stranger and could start a conversation with anyone.

The staff at Johnsonville State Historic Park especially enjoyed hearing Mr. Elvington share his stories of growing up in Old Johnsonville. In 2013 Park Manager Jerry Wooten and Regional Interpretive Specialist John Froeschauer conducted an oral history interview with Mr. Elvington and recorded his reflections on life in Old Johnsonville before it was claimed by the construction of Kentucky Dam and the impoundment of the Tennessee River.

An Interview with Robert Elvington

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  December 30, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Robert Allen Elvington was born April 9, 1929 in Johnsonville, Tennessee. He passed from this life after a long illness on August 8, 2016 at his home in Waverly, Tennessee.

Mr. Elvington served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America as a Corporal in the 7th Infantry Division in combat in Korea. He was honorably discharged in October of 1952. Back in the states, he went to work for Oman Construction in Nashville, Tennessee as a heavy equipment operator building the infrastructure for many of the city's new neighborhoods, hospitals and the Municipal Auditorium. He met his future bride after seeing her with a family friend. He had a car, they wanted to cruise, and the rest is history.

The couple married on April 5, 1958 in Corinth, Mississippi. They moved to Nashville where Robert continued working for Oman. In 1963, the young Elvington family moved back to Humphreys County where Mr. Elvington commuted for a few years until being hired at Conalco Aluminum Plant. He worked there for 23 years until the plant closed in 1985.

The Elvingtons started Waverly Family Florist in 1983 and he drove the delivery truck. After they sold the business, they traveled with Brown and Root Construction. They finally retired to enjoy more time with their grandchildren.

When he was feeling well, Mr. Elvington spent nearly every day at the Johnsonville State Historic Park (former site of Old Johnsonville) where he enjoyed sitting in his jeep by the water, watching the wildlife and talking with friends and visitors to the park. He never met a stranger and could start a conversation with anyone.

The staff at Johnsonville State Historic Park especially enjoyed hearing Mr. Elvington share his stories of growing up in Old Johnsonville. In 2013 Park Manager Jerry Wooten and Regional Interpretive Specialist John Froeschauer conducted an oral history interview with Mr. Elvington and recorded his reflections on life in Old Johnsonville before it was claimed by the construction of Kentucky Dam and the impoundment of the Tennessee River.

WaterWays - Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  November 18, 2017 thru December 30, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

Water is life. Not only do we need water to physically live, water is part of our everyday lives influencing our work, play, and the choices we make everyday. Learn more how water shapes our lives by visiting the traveling WaterWays exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit will be available at the Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center from 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday.

Johnsonville Charge 5 Mile Run

Where:  New Johnsonville90 Bell Beard Road

When:  January 27, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.

Contact:  (931) 535-2789

The Johnsonville Charge 5 Mile Run is part of the Tennessee State Park Running Tour. This is the 39th year of the State Parks Running Tour, the longest state parks running series in the U.S. It consists of 21 road races, of which two are trail race with distances varying from 5 to 13 miles. All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 AM local time in 21 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport.

These events are sponsored by local running clubs, which are responsible for registration, timing and results. The State Parks provide facilities, race security and traffic control. Walkers are welcome. Total number of participants last season was 3,000.

First come, first serve parking will be available in the lower area of the park. All other parking will be 1 mile away from Start/Finish line and will be serviced by shuttle bus. Plan to arrive early for the best parking closest to Start Finish line.

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