One of the largest, most outfitted pioneer settlements we’ve visited, the Historic Collinsville area is worth the 25-minute drive out of the city.
Plenty for History Buffs
In 1974, JoAnn and Glenn Weakley began creating a place where visitors (mainly schoolchildren) could learn about life in the 1830-70 time period.
After 43 years of searching and collecting, they have 18 restored buildings on the grounds of Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement.
Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement exists solely through the 43 years of hard work, financial backing and determination of JoAnn Weakley and her husband Glenn. JoAnn, who spent most of her professional life as an accountant but started out as a teacher, and Glenn, who was a farmer, believed that children and people of all ages needed a place to understand what life was like in the 1830-1870 period of history.
Looking for a new adventure for your group? Read what Group Tour Magazine says about Historic Collinsville.
Historic Collinsville opens for the 2019 season on Saturday, April 20, with its annual Spring Homecoming. This year, the pioneer settlement is also hosting an Easter Extravaganza with egg hunts and prizes for ages 1-12.
Events scheduled for opening Saturday include tours of the property’s historic buildings with docents telling stories, egg hunts, food trucks, lawn games and an inflatable bouncy house.
Historic Collinsville may be the best-kept secret in Tennessee – even though it’s been open to the public for 20 years. Read with Jetsetter says about this off-the-beaten-path attraction.
Read about Phoenix-based Travel Blogger Cassie Hepler’s visit to Clarksville in September 2018, including a drive out to Historic Collinsville and a chat with founder JoAnn Weakley.
Springfield, Illinois Travel Blogger Cindy Ladage and her husband Keith visited Collinsville in August 2018. As farmers, they felt the years of love the Weakleys had for Collinsville and rural life.
Pensacola, Florida Travel Blogger Justin Hoard visited Clarksville in March 2018. He arrived to snow for his first stop — Historic Collinsville!
See the Tennessee Crossroads episode about Historic Collinsville.