REELFOOT LAKE ––
Northwest Tennessee's mysterious, unique, cypress-filled lake has been a point of national interest since its formation 200 years ago during the significant upheaval of February 7, 1812. In 1811-1812, few white people were settled in the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase along the western side of the Mississippi River; Chickasaw Indians still lived in the lowlands and on the hilltops of northwestern Tennessee, but there were no Anglo-Americans documented as being in this area.
One hundred years after Reelfoot's chaotic creation, Night Riders took to mask-and-gown to save their livlihood of commercial fishing from the drain-the-Lake intentions of the West Tennessee Land Company. This year-long series of events only added to the mystery and history of the region.
Now, 200 years later, Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee's largest natural lake and fish hatchery, is a fishermen's and hunter's paradise. Many sportsmen and sportswomen in Mid-America are already aware of its unique history and its bounty of fish and waterfowl. Attraction to eagle watchers, birders, photographers, historians, geologists, biologists and artists is also growing.
The Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council is planning a notable celebration to mark the Bicentennial that will bring more visitors to our area. Featured in a few months will be a live auction of artwork – paintings and folk art; other items featured will be from participating businesses around the area. All money donated is tax deductible. Auction details will be posted with time, place and location.
Other Bicentennial events include an Indian Pow-wow; a drama production; a bicycle run; a walkathon; annual Eagle Festival and Life Beat Motorcycle Run. Check the attached List of Events to make sure you do not miss something of interest.
Publication of manuscripts and newspapers from the early 1900s, and a collection of postcards made from the famous Verne Sabin Reelfoot Lake photographs from the 1920s also will be available as well as t-shirts, baseball caps and other commemorative items.
You may also become a Sponsor of the Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial Celebration. All money you donate will go toward raising awareness of this unique area that brings tourism into our state. Be a valuable patron in raising awareness of the attractions of Reelfoot Lake and Northwest Tennessee. Donations to support this event can be made out to Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial; mail your donation to: Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council c/o Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial 4575 SR. 21 East Tiptonville, TN. 38079
Commemorative Goose Bands on Sale $5 Each
Characters on Goose Band are:
CELEBRATING 200 YEARS
ALL MONIES COLLECTED GOES TOWARD THE EVENT PLANNING FOR 2012 ACTIVITIES
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING CALL (731)253-2007