Well known around Putnam and DeKalb counties during Prohibition, Luke Denny hauled illicit whiskey for decades without being caught. He is artfully and sometimes humorously portrayed by Gerald Melton, Woodbury.

It’s time to make online reservations for the 13th Annual History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park on Saturday, October 13th, 2018, at scheduled times throughout the afternoon and evening.

The cost is $15 per person. It offers history, mystery and theater. This is not a Halloween themed event and is not for young children or others who have trouble sitting quietly for about 2 ½ hours. It usually sells out fast!

The easiest access to the link for making reservations is on the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park website at www.foeesp.com/history-hayride.

If you need help making online reservations, you may call the park office for contact information for Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, for assistance. The park office phone numbers are (931) 858-2114 or toll free at 1-800-250-8619.

Ten wagons will leave at approximately 30-minute intervals from the park office and return approximately 2 1/2 hours later. Each wagon will make about 9 stops where costumed characters will portray historic characters and tell about long ago events in and around the park. The audience will remain on the wagons during the entire circuit. A tour guide will add narration between stops during the ride. Reservations will be for specific report times from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park will provide complimentary hot beverages and sell individual sized servings of home baked cookies and brownies in the park office.  As in the past, there will also be complimentary marshmallows to roast over the campfire in front of the office.

Lori Christensen, known around Warren County as “Ms. California”, plays the much maligned six-times widowed Elizabeth Dale, daughter of the founder of Liberty, TN.

Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with the purpose of helping the park. The History Hayride is a fundraiser by the Friends in cooperation with park staff. More information about the group and how to join may be found on the website at www.foeesp.com or the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/friendsofeesp. 

For those who wish to make this an overnight or weekend outing you may make reservations for lodging at www.tnstateparks.com/EdgarEvins or call the park office.

The park is located at 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road in Silver Point, TN. It is approximately 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville, and 60 miles east of Nashville. From I-40 take exit 268 at State Highway 96 and Center Hill Lake.