CROSSVILLE – A Cumberland Mountain State Park restaurant is debuting a new featuring for diners this summer reason.
Homestead Harvest Restaurant, located on Byrd Lake at the park, is opening an outdoor patio, and state officials will celebrate the occasion with a ribbon-cutting event from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May, 27. The ceremony will also include complimentary appetizers, music, an interpretive program, a cash bar featuring a sampling of Tennessee Brew Works beers, and more.
Set to attend are Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill, Park Manager Chip Hillis, Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Crossville Mayor James Mayberry.
The Homestead Harvest Restaurant, 24 Office Drive, Crossville, serves a variety of family favorites and dinner specials, and features a separate recreation hall that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Officials will also formally recognize the park’s “Award of Distinction” from the East Tennessee Historical Society. The award was presented earlier this month jointly to Knoxville’s NolPix Media, which produced a video about the park. It recognizes the park’s exhibit on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the impact that it’s had on the Cumberland Plateau region, Tennessee State Parks Director of Interpretive Programs and Education Jeff Wells said.
“Since the exhibit opened in July 2015, we’ve had nothing but great feedback from visitors and this video helps share the message with even more people.”
Cumberland Mountain State Park began as the Cumberland Homesteads – a project that helped relocate poverty-stricken families to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. The 1,720-acre park was acquired by the state of Tennessee in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.
Visitors can watch the video in the CCC Museum next door to the park restaurant.