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Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
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The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is a 55-acre historic park located on the Highland Rim, near Byrdstown, north of Cookeville, close to the Kentucky border.

The site includes a representation of Hull’s log cabin birthplace and period gardens; the Cordell Hull Museum which displays a variety of photographs and artifacts; and an activities center. The park also includes the Hull Library and Archives that houses the entire Cordell Hull Collection consisting of more than 1,500 books and hundreds of original photographs, documents, and three-dimensional objects. The collection includes a replica of his Nobel Peace Prize.

The park also features the beautiful Bunkum Cave Loop Trail that leads to an overlook and the actual entrance to historic Bunkum Cave where Cordell Hull’s father made moonshine in the 19th century. The trail is rated moderate due to many gentle hills. The hike to the overlook is 3/4 mile (1.5 miles roundtrip), and the hike to the cave entrance is an additional one-half mile (2.5 miles roundtrip). Meandering through the mixed deciduous forest, the hiker may be able to view a variety of plant and animal life. Spring wildflowers in late March—early May are exceptional. The view of the cave is most impressive, the entrance measures 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall. The Bunkum Cave is open to the public from May 1 to August 31.

All parks are open to the public seven days a week but the park office, museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days

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