Cravens House Christmas Program
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a Christmas Open House at the Cravens House located on Lookout Mountain. The Cravens House will be decorated in a manner very similar to the Civil War era. This special holiday event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Reservations are required due to spacing limitations. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Christmas for the Cravens family was spent away from their home on Lookout Mountain. In fact, not much of their Lookout Mountain dwelling was standing at Christmas. Union soldiers and war correspondents camping on Lookout Mountain had stripped the home of its wood to have tent flooring, firewood, and souvenirs. Visit the Cravens House to learn about some of the experiences that Union and Confederate soldiers and their families were experiencing a month after the Battles for Chattanooga.
Did You Know?
James Garfield served as Major General William S. Rosecrans' Chief of Staff at Chickamauga. Four months after becoming President, Garfield was shot in the back by a disgruntled office seeker. Garfield died two months later on September 19, 1881, the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.