KINGSPORT, TN – Sept. 13, 2019 – The annual Fall Folk Arts Festival returns with artisan demonstrations, pioneer arts and crafts, traditional folk arts and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Exchange Place.
Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. Proceeds go towards the care of the farm’s animals and the continuing 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, the historic valley farmstead will be bustling with activity as artists from the region will gather to demonstrate and pass along the skills of yesteryear to the next generation. Experts in woodworking, soap-making, hand-painting on slate, paper quilling and hand-crafted greeting cards will be on hand, along with those people continuing the centuries-long tradition of guilds, which are associations that represent a particular trade or craft.
The Overmountain Weavers' Guild, who are experts in spinning and weaving, will be out in force at several farmstead locations including the Burow Museum and the (upstairs) girls’ room of the Preston House. The First Frontier Quilters of Kingsport and the Senior Artisans (representing a wide variety of crafters), will also be onsite.
A new tradition at the festival is sorghum cooking. Sorghum cane that was planted earlier this year will be harvested in a special area located behind the blacksmith’s shop. This task, which guests can watch on Sept. 28 consists of squeezing the juice from the cane, then boiling it until the water has evaporated to the point where only pure sorghum is left in the pan. With the milling and cooking completed, activities will consist of educational explanations about the mill, the cane, and the process of making sorghum, opportunities to visit the cane patch and compare sorghum cane with sugar cane to learn about the differences up close Sept. 29. Some sorghum will be for sale, made fresh by the Guenther family of Muddy Pond, Tennessee
The Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society and energetic Junior Apprentices will be in the log kitchen, preparing some of the foods the Preston family would have eaten in the mid-19th-century. Camp Placid will grind and sell apple cider on Sept. 28. Demonstrations will be done in the blacksmith shop. Old-time children's activities will be conducted around the farm, including a meet-and-greet with the barn animals. In the Burow Museum, visitors will be able to see a special exhibition of quilts which have been made by families who lived at Exchange Place or the Roseland property, or by many of the farmstead’s volunteers.
Autumn produce will be for sale such as pumpkins, local honey, dried flowers, plants for fall planting, and seasonal crafts, goat milk cheeses, stone-ground cornmeal and grits, home-made breads, coffee cake and granola, kettle corn and a variety of other treats.
A silent auction will feature two antique clocks (a cast-iron mantle clock made in the 1890s and an eight-day key-wind clock from 1919) from the collection of master clock mechanic Rod Groenewold, will be available to the highest bidder(s). Make your bet in the Museum Store, located next to the Roseland building.
Additionally, the Sullivan County 4-H Club will organize the popular Scarecrow Challenge. In order to be judged, scarecrows must be on site by 11 a.m. Saturday. Live music by local and regional artists will take place.
For a full schedule and more information, call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071 or visit www.exchangeplace.info.
About Exchange Place
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.
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