Fall Folk Arts Festival

Date: September 28 - September 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Kingsport, TN

Phone: 4232886071

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Season: Fall

Event type: Festivals

Region: East Tennessee - Northeast

Exchange Place Living History Farm will welcome in the beautiful season of autumn when it hosts its annual Fall Folk Arts Festival. Always eagerly anticipated, this celebration of pioneer arts and crafts and the harvest season will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday, September 29 from noon until 5 pm. Admission is $5, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. Proceeds go towards the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the 48th consecutive year, artists from the region will gather to demonstrate 19th century crafts, as well as to sell a wide array of traditional folk arts and hand-crafted arts of today. Pumpkins and other autumn produce, dried flowers, and plants for fall planting, as well as a wide range of baked goods and goat milk cheeses, will be available.

Guilds have thrived over many centuries, and these associations of craftspeople from a particular trade of craft will be well-represented at the Festival as the Overmountain Weavers’ Guild will demonstrate spinning and weaving; the Tri-State Basket Guild teaches basket-making to children and youths; and the Senior Artisans, the First Frontier Quilters, and the Renaissance Wood Artists demonstrate their skills.

History, as always, comes alive throughout the farm. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society, and our energetic Junior Apprentices, will prepare some of the foods the Preston family would have eaten in the mid nineteenth century, and – weather permitting, of course – they will do some baking in the outdoor bread oven. Nearby, apple butter will be cooking, and everyone will be invited to take a turn stirring the kettle. The blacksmith’s shop will be open, demonstrating the various tasks that made the “smithy” such a valuable crafts person in antebellum America. Behind the shop, mules will be used to turn the mill to squeeze the juice from sugar cane as we make our own sorghum. Kendy Sawyer will be on hand on throughout the weekend with her working steers, Cannon and Cole, answering questions and explaining, for instance, that a “working steer” means the animal is trained to work but is not yet old enough to officially be classified as an ox.

Also prominent during the Festival are children’s activities, music and food.

Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-nineteenth century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. Exchange Place is a non-profit organization maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, write to exchangeplacefestivals@gmail.com, or visit our website at https://www.exchangeplace.info.

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