Mansker’s Station, also called Mansker’s Fort, was a station along Avery’s Trace on the Cumberland Plateau between Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee. It was built by Kasper Mansker, a long hunter and explorer from the Virginia area. After his first expedition into the wilderness in 1769, Mansker explored and hunted widely in the area along the Cumberland River in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. Mansker’s Station was a log fort that protected travelers along the road from Indian attacks. Mansker first built the fort along Mansker Creek in 1780, near Goodlettsville, after Fort Nashborough was built at the current site of Nashville.
Because of the danger from the Indian wars, Mansker and the people living there abandoned the station and moved to Fort Nashborough in 1781. Two men who returned for possessions the next day were killed, and the original fort was burned down. However, Mansker returned to the area in 1783 and built a bigger fort about one mile from the original site where he lived with his wife Elizabeth. Because it was able to accommodate more men, the larger fort was easier to defend against attack.
At the age of 62, Kasper Mansker volunteered to serve in the War of 1812, returning home shortly after fighting in the Battle of New Orleans. Mansker lived at his home in Sumner County until his death in 1821 at the age of 75.
A number of notable travelers boarded at the station from 1780 to the early 1790s. These included Captain William Bowen, General Daniel Smith, Isaac Bledsoe, Andrew Jackson, John Overton and French botanist Andre Michaux.
The current structure is a reconstruction of a 1779 frontier forted station typical of early Cumberland settlements. While at the fort, you can experience the lifestyles of early settlers through living history demonstrations.
- Any ball that lands beyond the fence or on the pavement beyond right field is a foul.
- Balls struck over the right field fence or while on the fly are considered to be foul balls.
- Balls struck over the right field fence on the bound shall be considered two-base hits.
- If a ball is overthrown into an inaccessible area or out of play, the runners will be allowed to advance one base.