‘Johnsonville: The End of the Line’ to be Fort Loudoun lecture topic
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The Fort Loudoun Association and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will offer its second in the 2013 Winter Lecture Series, “Johnsonville: The End of the Line.”

Park manager Jerry Wooten will present the program on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area’s visitor center.

Wooten will discuss the significance of the Union Army’s massive supply depot located at Johnsonville, from 1863-1865, and provide details about Gen. Nathan B. Forrest’s Tennessee River expedition in late October 1864 that culminated in one of the Confederacy’s most important tactical victories of the Civil War on Nov. 4, 1864, at the Battle of Johnsonville.

The lecture will also incorporate an overview of Johnsonville State Historic Park.

Wooten is originally from Clarksville. He received his bachelor’s degree in American history from Austin Peay State University in 1992 and his masters degree from Murray State University in public history in 1994.

Currently, Wooten is finishing his doctorate in public history at Middle Tennessee State University concentrating in heritage tourism and battlefield preservation.

Wooten helped open the Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Va., where he served as park historian from 1994 to 1997.

Afterward, he moved to Kentucky and worked two years as a living history interpreter for TVA at Land between the Lakes’ Homeplace 1850.

In 1998, Wooten accepted the position as executive director of the River Heritage Museum in Paducah, Ky., where he remained until 2001. That same year, he accepted the directorship at Kentucky’s Shaker Museum and stayed there until the following year.

In 2003, Wooten returned to Tennessee and went to work for the state of Tennessee’s Historical Commission in Nashville, serving as director of State Historic Sites.

In this role, Wooten was responsible for all 206 state-owned historic buildings and sites in Tennessee.

After serving six years with the Historical Commission, Wooten accepted a position with Tennessee State Parks as events coordinator at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In 2009 he became a law enforcement park ranger.

In April 2011, Wooten accepted the position as park manager at Johnsonville State Historic Park located in Humphreys County in New Johnsonville, where he is currently employed.

Wooten is married to Robin Wooten who also works for Tennessee State Parks and serves as the area manager for East Tennessee. When not "doing" history or working in parks, Wooten enjoys painting, watching movies, playing music, and spending time with his wife and their dog "Flash" at their Nashville home.

The 2013 Winter Lecture Series will be held each Saturday in February at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The lecture series will include “The Powder Magazine” and “Tennessee Hero: Sgt. Alvin C. York.”

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is located in Vonore. For additional information, call the park office at 423-884-6217 or email fortloudoun@tds.net.