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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • No Hensley Tour on July 23

    There will be no Hensley tours offered on Wednesday, July 23 due to road maintenance associated with recent storms. Shillallah Creek road will remain open for hikers. Hikers should excercise caution when hiking. For more information call (606) 246-1075

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    There will be no shuttle or tour to Hensley Settlement on August 10, 2014. Tours on other days will continue to be offered as scheduled. For questions and more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

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    White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bats in great numbers and has been found in park caves. While visiting Gap Cave please do not wear or bring anything that has been in other caves. Skylight Cave is currently closed.

Native American Indian Month Celebrated at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

native american reenactors performing the potato dance
Reenactors Mark and Sherry Finchum perform the Potato Dance

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News Release Date: November 12, 2009
Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817

Mark and Sherry Finchum of Indian Creek Productions will return to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Saturday, November 21, to help commemorate National American Indian Heritage Month. Last year, they entertained visitors with their retelling of traditional stories, and this year they will be sharing another tradition, the powwow. "Entering the Sacred Circle" will give visitors an opportunity to learn the symbolism and etiquette of the modern powwow through music, artifacts, slides and participation. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium - come prepared to dance as you get a glimpse into this ancient Indian tradition.


The celebration continues that evening when at 7 p.m. the park offers an owl prowl.   Owls are powerful symbols for many Native American tribes. Some believe the owl to be warm, natural, with an easy-going nature and friend to the world.  Others believe that the bearer of the owl totem is notorious for engaging in life at full speed, and whole-hearted, loves adventure. Immerse yourself in these stories through a program offered inside the visitor center by Park Naturalist Scott Teodorski; afterwards, join Scott for a short walk into the woods listening to the hoots, shrieks and wails of these incredible nighttime forest denizens. And a ranger reminder: “Dress warmly!”

For additional information, please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.       

Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.