Manskers Station also known as Mansker's Fort, is a log fort that was built in 1780. It was built after Fort Nashborough which was built earlier in 1780. It is a reconstruction of the first of two forts that Kasper Mansker built and the most historically accurate in the nation. The first one protected the settlers from the almost constant Indian attacks. Finally in 1781, because of the frequent Indian attacks, Kasper and the other occupants of his fort abandoned it and moved to Fort Nashborough.
Shortly after, the Indians burnt Manskers Station to the ground. In 1783, Mansker came back and built an even bigger fort half a mile from the original one. It held even more men and this helped it to withstand the unfriendly environment of Indian attacks.
From the mid 1780's to the early 1790's, Captain William Bowen, and General Daniel Smith were frequent boarders at Manskers Station due to Indian attacks. That was where they compared notes on house construction material and techniques. They worked together to find skilled masons from Lexington, Kentucky to build the walls of both their houses. They also worked together to buy window glass for their homes and brought it overland on Pack-horses.
Other borders of the station was Isaac Bledsoe, Andrew Jackson, John Overton, and the French botanist Andre Michaux.
Manskers Station is now a visitor friendly frontier life center where you can get a hands-on look at how the early settlers lived. As you can see the only entrance and exit are through these gates. If you look real hard, you can see the notches cut out in the buildings and walls to shoot through when being attacked.
These two story buildings were helpful for lookouts and they had notches cut in them on the back side to shoot out of. This fort had one in every corner to give the best protection.
Here is the blacksmith shop needed for most repairs from shoeing horses to making hinges for the doors. No frontier fort can be without it. You can see the anvil, the billows behind the post and the workbench against the back wall. It has a roof overhead and open on the sides.
All the cabins had a fireplace in them. They were for heat and cooking. Notice that there isn't much inside the cabins. This one has a bed in the corner which to me doesn't look very comfortable. There is a shelf above the fireplace to store some items.
This cabin has a loft in it for sleeping and or storing supplies. This cabin didn't have a bed on the main level but as you can see there is a table for eating or lounging. These cabins are very small so space was in high demand.
Here is a table that they used to eat or sit at. There is a candle on it for light and wooden plates and spoons for eating, and a tin cup to drink out of. The early settlers didn't have much but what they had they were happy to share.
If you would like see the Mansker's Station, the address is 705 Caldwell Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37070, or call 615-859-3678.