A Rendezvous with Heritage on

Barren, Monroe, Metcalfe, Cumberland & Clinton Counties, Kentucky
Clay, Overton & Pickett Counties, Tennessee

Rural America's 150 Mile
22nd Rollercoaster Yard Sale

October 2, 3, & 4, 2008

A three day grassroots extravaganza from Mammoth Cave, KY to Tennessee - around Dale Hollow Lake and back to Glasgow, KY, with over 150 miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, southern foods, BBQ, entertainment, souvenirs, flea markets and more!

Cordell Hull Highway

The Cordell Hull Parkway is a fifty-seven mile ribbon of road that threads through a most scenic and historical route from Mammoth Cave, KY to the Tennessee state line.

In 1935, the Kentucky and Tennessee legislatures designated the route connecting Mammoth Cave and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in honor of Cordell Hull as a tribute to his services to the nation.

Hull, a Tennessee native of Pickett County, had a successful law practice in nearby Celina, Gainesboro and Carthage, Tennessee. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1907-31. He served many years as a U.S. Senator, beginning in 1931. As Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hull became known universally as "The Father of the United Nations," an achievement for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.

First built in 1805, the winding roller coaster highway serves the special needs of the Roller Coaster Fair beginning at Mammoth Cave National Park (Hwy. 70) to Cave City (Hwy. 90) to Glasgow, where it converges with Hwy. 63. Barren and Monroe Counties share KY 63 from Glasgow to Tompkinsville, then Hwy. 163 to the Tennessee state line by way of Temple Hill, Freedom, Mount Hermon, Mud Lick, Tompkinsville, Moores Mill and Hestand. At the state line near Moss, TN, this historic roadway converges with TN 52, destined to Celina and beyond.

This year, for the second time, the Roller Coaster Fair crosses into Tennessee to Celina, in Clay County, where Cordell Hull had his first law office. From Celina it goes along route 52 to Livingston, TN in Overton County where he served as Circuit Judge. From Livingston follow route 111 North to Byrdstown, to visit the Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park.

Kentucky and Tennessee Sites of Interest
Mammoth Cave
Horse Cave
Farmers Market
SCK Cultural Center
Fort Williams Civil War Fort
Old Mulkey Meetinghouse
Barren River State Park
Overton County Legacy Museum
Standing Stone State Park
Pickett State Park
Dale Hollow Lake
Clay County Historical Courthouse
Clay County Museum
The Borderlands Civil War Exhibit
Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area
Cumberland River
Obey River Campground RV Park

Cordell Hull (1871-1955)
Cordell Hull was born in a log cabin in Pickett County, Tennessee, the son of William and Elizabeth (Riley) Hull. His father was a farmer and a lumber merchant. From a one-room schoolhouse in nearby Willow Grove, Hull went on to earn a law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1891.

He practiced law and served as a Circuit Judge until elected to Congress in 1907. He served as a U.S. Representative until 1931, when he was elected U.S. Senator. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Hull Secretary of State. He is widely credited, while in that post, of fostering the Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America and with the development of the United Nations. He was forced by ill health to resign in 1944 before the final ratification of the United Nations Charter, but he is known as "The Father of the United Nations," for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.

The Birthplace Museum
The Cordell Hull Birthplace, Museum and State Park is an historic site located on forty-five acres in the rustic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Byrdstown, Tennessee, midway between Nashville and Knoxville near the Kentucky border.

The site consists of Hull's original log cabin birthplace, an activities center, and a museum exhibition building housing documents and artifacts pertaining to Hull's life and career. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize medal, which he donated along with many personal items. In addition to state support, the museum has a private support group, the Friends of Cordell Hull, which raises funds for educational activities and additions to the museum collection.

The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse
The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse was apparently established in 1797 or 1798. It is noted as the oldest wooden building of its kind in the state. The Old Mulkey Church, located about two miles from present day Tompkinsville, was established by a small band of pioneer Baptists from North and South Carolina led by Philip and John Mulkey. At first, they had religious services in their homes. Later, those who organized this church acquired six acres of land and built a log meeting house on the banks of Mill Creek, about 200 yards from the present site. The first preacher mentioned in the 1798 minutes was John Mulkey. In April 1804, a committee of seven men was appointed to make plans for building a new meetinghouse. The next month the committee reported that the building was to be 50 feet long and 30 feet wide, shingled with jointed shingles, and including five windows and three doors. This crude log structure, with puncheon floor, pegleg seats, chinked and daubed walls, clapboard shutters, and hand driven shingles was built with 12 corners and in the shape of a cross with three doors. In 1809 the church "split" over doctrine and the larger group remained and worshiped in this building, later called the Mulkey Meetinghouse. The church continued to meet there regularly until about 1855. In the early 1900's, local citizens spearheaded an effort to restore the Meetinghouse. In November 1931, the meetinghouse and adjoining cemetery were declared a Kentucky State Park.

Sarah Bowers, Founder of the Rollercoaster Fair
The Rollercoaster Fair in Kentucky, started in 1986 by Sarah Ann Bowers, is one of her proudest accomplishments. Ms. Bowers wanted to improve the beautiful Cordell Hull Highway and needed to prove that this road was well traveled. Therefore, in 1986 she put a fair on the Cordell Hull Highway and in 2001, 140,000 visitors traveled to the Rollercoaster Fair! For their ten year anniversary, the attendance surpassed that of the Kentucky Derby and today Hwy. 63, Kentucky Scenic Byway is a road well traveled and has been greatly improved, due to Ms. Bowers persistent efforts. Ms. Bowers has also been instrumental in bringing Rollercoaster Fair 2002 in to the State of Tennessee, working with Kentucky's neighbor and bringing it down Hwy. 63 to Celina, Clay County, Livingston, Overton County and ending in Byrdstown, Tennessee, birthplace of Cordell Hull. The Rollercoaster Fair 2003 had the theme,
"Let Freedom Ring" and honored our U.S. Servicemen.

Albany/Clinton County Chamber of Commerce
Burkesville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce
Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce
Cave City Chamber of Commerce
Edmonto/ Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce
Glasgow/Barren County Chamber of Commerce
Tompkinsville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

For More Information Call:

Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park
1300 Cordell Hull Memorial Drive
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Telephone: (931) 864-3247
Contact Robin Peeler
or Charles Sears
Friends of Cordell Hull

Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce
Toll Free -
1-888-406-4704 or
Contact the Chamber by E-mail!

© Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum State Park 2008

page last updated April 10, 2008