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About the Fort
Mansker's Fort is an authentic 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.
Enjoy yesterdays as they come alive inside the fort. Touch hand-hewn timbers, see the blacksmith work, and smell the smoke from the cook fire. With your visit, come to know some of the strong faith and hardy spirit of the people who lived here more than 200 years ago.
Mansker's Station reflects the
true pioneer spirit and dedication of Kasper Mansker, who settled the
Goodlettsville area in 1780. It was on the west side of Mansker Creek
that he built his first station, which the inhabitants would leave in
the winter of 1780-1781 due to increasing attacks from Indians.
Shortly after Mansker left the first station, it was burned to the
ground. In 1783, Kasper Mansker returned to the area and built a second
station on the east bank of Mansker Creek. Here he lived with his wife
Elizabeth and others, including Isaac Bledsoe.
Kasper Mansker, like others such as John Donelson, James Robertson, and Isaac Bledsoe, helped form the beginnings of local government. He signed the Cumberland Compact, which created the first government in the settlement. In 1784, Mansker was elected to serve as the first Captain in Davidson County.
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.