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Old Dan Tucker | Elberton GA

Every time I hear the song “Old Dan Tucker,” I get an earworm for days! So, we decided to explore the man, Daniel Tucker, and try to figure out why anyone would write a song about him and how that song would have such longevity. We trekked through Elberton GA and up near Russell Lake until we found the picturesque quarter-mile trail that took us back to the small cemetery where Daniel Tucker was buried. He was a reverend and a Captain in the Virginia militia during the Revolutionary War. He was also a planter and a ferry operator. He seemed to live an adventurous life that was destined to be immortalized in song.

Watch, listen and tap your foot as you learn about Old Dan Tucker.

Fun Facts About Old Dan Tucker

  • 1 Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Old Dan Tucker” can be found on his 2006 album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
  • 2 Country singer, Tanya Tucker, recorded the song “Old Dan Tucker’s Daughter” on her 1973 album, Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone).
  • 3 Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Grandpa Jones, Johnny Horton and many other musicians throughout the years also recorded the song.
  • 4 The well-known children’s program, The Wiggles, introduced the song to a whole new generation.
  • 5 The song was also known as Mr. Edwards’ song on the popular television show, Little House on the Prairie.

Visit Old Dan Tucker's Grave in Elberton GA

Old Dan Tucker Cemetery Road, Elberton GA 30635

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