A bit of history
The park was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the intrepid Confederate cavalry leader, who, on November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the Federal supply and munitions depot at (Old) Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park and the town of Eva.
In 1929, the park was dedicated to General Forrest on land acquired in part from Benton County. Forrest was one of the greatest military tacticians and leaders of the American Civil War.
The old rock building was located where the Folk Life Museum and
Interpretive Center now stands. You can still see a portion of the rock wall
inside the museum. The museum is open 7 days a week from 8 - 4:30 p.m.