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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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Stories

appalachian woman in pioneer kitchen

Stories of early Appalachia are told at the historic Hensley Settlement

Early native Americans traveled through Cumberland Gap along a trail known as the Warrior's Path.

Pioneers and settlers walked along the Wilderness Road through the gap in a nation's quest to move westward.

Civil War soldiers from both sides vied for control of the historic gap.

Modern day pioneers settled in the mountains surrounding Cumberland Gap, bringing with them their music, their culture, and carrying on the ways of their ancestors.

All of these stories and more are part of the colorful history showcased at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park!

Did You Know?

President Richard Nixon

Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.