On the wall hung an old hunting rifle, wooden canteen, cloth shirt and pair of leggings, the kind that a poor but ambitious pioneer might have worn. A binder filled with newspaper clippings lay open on a table; one article, headlined "David Crockett as ... a Businessman?" highlighted the fact that Crockett not only began his political career in Lawrenceburg, but built a mill and distillery complex there as well. (It promptly washed away in a flood.) Glass cases protected, among other treasures, a program from a locally-produced outdoor musical drama about Crockett -- I later tracked down its author; more on that another time -- and a exuberant celebratory poem by Linwood Polk Comer. The poem opens with a reference to the life-sized bronze Crockett statue that Lawrenceburg erected in 1922:
David Crockett stands right there;
Right up -- on the City Square!
Arm stretched out and Gun in hand;
To welcome each and every man!
The cabin's displays emphasize Crockett's time in Lawrenceburg, which is as it should be -- but the death that made him immortal is memorialized, too, along with the deaths of the other Tennessee volunteers who fought at the Alamo. The hand-lettered texts behind the sign lay out Crockett's story in full.