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Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park

Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park - BEST Places to Picnic

General Delivery - Highway 127
Pall Mall , TN 38577
931-879-6456

WELCOME to Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park

Celebration recognizes the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the famous World War I battle in Chatel-Chehery, France. A full day of activities including VIP remarks, a presentation of current York research at the battle ground in France, WW I interpretation and encampment, tours and hikes of historic structures, a children's area, and many local food and craft vendors.

The historic park includes the York family farm and the grist mill he operated for many years on the banks of the Wolf River.

Historic Park

The Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall, Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. 

York's fame rose from his legendary exploits on October 8, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a small patrol, York was sent out to eliminate flanking machine gun fire that was halting the advance of his regiment. 

York found himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit. With rifle and pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than twenty Germans dead. Then, the other one hundred and thirty-two soldiers, including four officers and thirty-five machine guns, became discouraged and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. 

For that he was decorated with a dozen medals, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. He has been honored by a 10-foot statue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville, and his medals and trophies may be seen at the Tennessee State Museum.

Picnic Facilities

There are two large picnic pavilions that can accommodate up to 50 people. Picnic areas may be reserved up to one year in advance. Pavilions are equipped with grills and water spigots.

Also, there are eight concrete, single picnic tables and more wooden tables.

Museum

The York home site museum includes a collection of wartime and personal mementos, including historical photographs, family portraits and personal items.

Programs

Andrew York is the son of Alvin C. York and is a Park Ranger at the homesite. If notified in advance, interpretive programs can be scheduled.

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