Observe Side: George Washington

The obverse side of the coin will showcase the familiar 1932 portrait of George Washington. This portrait of George Washington will be a common figure in these coin series. Designed by John Flanagan, the George Washington portrait will also have “United States of America” inscribed on the coin as well. Though developed many decades ago, this depiction of George Washington is sure to catch the attention of coin collectors – novice and seasoned collectors alike.

2016 Cumberland National Forest Silver Coin obverse

Reverse side – Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Located between Kentucky and Tennessee, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was founded in 1940. Breaking right off of the Appalachian Mountains, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park represents part of American history. It covers more than 20,000 acres of land, with hundreds of thousands of visitors revisiting the historical park every year. A museum inside of the historical park showcases the cultural aspects of the park and Appalachia. The park has significance to the local Native American population. The park and the surrounding areas have historically been used as a trading route and means of transportation for Native Americans. Formally called , settlers walked through the gap in the nation’s quest to move westward.

2016 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Silver Coin obverse

Many migratory animals pass through the park, making the hot spot for Native Americans. It was a fertile hunting ground that allowed groups to easily pass through the mountains to the wintering grounds of Buffalo and deer. symbolizes early expansion of America, as it quickly became a primary route of transit for settlers around 1775. In 35 years -between 1775 and 1810-hundreds of thousands of settlers took advantage of the unique geography of the park to cut through the surrounding wilderness.

About Cumberland Gap

Before it was called the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the first occupation of Cumberland Gap was done by in 1861. Quickly building infrastructures on the north side to occupy the park, the general was killed at the Battle of Mill Springs.

General Stevenson was the second occupation of Cumberland Gap in 1862. He ventured deeper into the Gap; and with the Confederate forces gone, General Georgia Morgan took control and build fortifications alongside the mountains. Ordered by President Abraham Lincoln, the president used and to protect the pro-union influences of East Tennessee. During this Appalachian struggle, many generals tried to occupy Cumberland Gap.

In the early 1900s two families successfully moved to Brush Mountain to escape the economic and societal changes that were taking place during that time. The family members created a community, fixed with a church and school.