What is Historic Mansker’s Station? The historic Mansker’s Station is a 1779 station composed of logs in Goodlettsville. Accompanying it is Bowen Plantation House, which may well be the longest-standing brick structure in Middle Tennessee. The Welcome Center contains a museum and gift shop. It’s possible to walk around the area without taking a tour: the site is located within Moss-Wright Park, so you can walk around the park just fine and explore the Visitor’s Center no problem. Admission is required however to enter the fort or historic home.
Tours begin in the Welcome Center. Prices of admission vary: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and AAA members, $6 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are admitted for no charge. Group rates are also available, for fifteen or more people. The site is open Monday-Friday, with the first tour beginning at 9:00 A.M. and the last at 3:00 P.M. (9:00-15:00 in 24-hour time); tours are continuous throughout those hours. Saturday tours are suspended for 2021. Tours venture through two areas: a replicated Mansker’s Fort and Historic Bowen’s House. Group tours can be arranged during other hours, by appointment only. Tours do not follow a strict pace, and are instead self-paced. An interpreter acts as guide. Tours typically last around an hour each. Historic Mansker’s Station prides itself on a hands-on educational approach for all ages. School group tours are offered Monday through Friday, February through December. Said tours are tied to the Tennessee State Curriculum. Group rate applies for groups 15+. Mansker’s Station can accommodate up to 140 including chaperones. Group scheduling is a possibility up to 1 year away from the actual date. There’s a shelter in Moss-Wright Park that’s able to be reserved as part of a tour. Said shelter incurs no additional charges, though reserving it is based on availability.