Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park

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Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park

Tennessee

(931) 864-3247

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Overview

The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is a historic site located on the Highland Rim, close to the Kentucky border. The site includes a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace and period gardens. The Cordell Hull Museum displays a variety of photographs and artifacts, as well as having 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 his Nobel Peace Prize, as a replica is on display in the museum. 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. Cordell Hull served as Secretary of State for nearly twelve years and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations.

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Latitude, Longitude: 36.582196, -85.184799

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Activities

  • Caving

    Visitors are welcome to explore the beginning of the Bunkum Cave but are required to obtain a permit from the park office to venture past the cave entrance. The entrance of the cave measures 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall. Cordell Hull's father made moonshine in cave in the 19th century. Many caves in Tennessee are currently closed to the public due to White-nose Syndrome in bats, so visitors wishing to explore the cave should contact the park to see if it is open.

  • Hiking

    Bunkum Cave Trail was dedicated June 8, 2006 and was built by Americorps NCCC, numerous volunteers, and state park staff. The trail is moderately difficult and has many gentle hills. The hike to the overlook is 3/4 mile (1.5 miles round-trip), and the hike to the cave entrance is an additional half mile. Meandering through the mixed deciduous forest, hikers may be able to view a variety of plant and animal life. Spring wildflowers in late March through early May are exceptional. The view of the cave is impressive: the entrance measures 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall. Visitors are welcome to explore the beginning of the cave but are required to obtain a permit from the park office to venture past the cave entrance.

  • Historic Sites

    The park features the cabin was born in, as well as the Cordell Hull Museum, which displays a variety of photographs and artifacts. 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 Hull's Nobel Peace Prize, as a replica is on display in the museum.

    Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871-July 23, 1955) was born in a log cabin in Pickett County, Tennessee, the third of the five sons of William and Elizabeth (Riley) Hull. His father was a farmer and subsequently a lumber merchant. The only one of the five boys who showed an interest in learning, Cordell wanted to be a lawyer. He obtained his elementary school training in a one-room school that his father had built in nearby Willow Grove; then for a period of about three years, he attended in succession the Montvale Academy at Celina, Tennessee, the Normal School at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio. He received a law degree in 1891 after completing a one-year course at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Elected to Congress from the Fourth Tennessee District in 1907, Hull served as a U.S. Representative until 1931. He was elected U.S. Senator for the 1931-37 term but resigned upon his appointment as Secretary of State by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933. He was sixty-two. Ill health forced Hull to resign from office on November 27, 1944 before final ratification of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. President Roosevelt praised Secretary Hull as "the one person in all the world who has done the most to make this great plan for peace an effective fact." Following nomination by Roosevelt, the Norwegian Nobel Committee presented the 1945 Nobel Prize for Peace to Hull in recognition of his work in the Western Hemispheres, for his international trade agreements, and for his efforts in establishing the United Nations.

  • Picnicking

    There are 10 picnic tables and 5 grills available at the park site. The picnic area may be reserved for large groups. Reservations are taken up to one week in advance.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, but winter hours are limited.

Park Partners

Friends of Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

The Friends of Cordell Hull, founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization. It's mission is to preserve the legacy of Cordell Hull, to educated the public about the contributions Cordell Hull made to the people of the world, and to promote public involvement in the Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum State Park.

(931) 864-8585

Directions

Driving

Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum is located just a few miles west of Byrdstown. It is 1.5 miles off Hwy. 111 on State Route 325.

Phone Numbers

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(931) 864-3247

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