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Apr. 13 - Rocky Mount to host Wooly Day & Garden Arts Festival
Rocky Mount State Historic Site will present its annual Wooly Day on April 13th along with the first Garden Arts Festival. “Wooly Day” features hand shearing of Rocky Mount’s flock of Cotswold sheep, wool processing techniques of the 18th century and other spring activities on a frontier farm. The “Garden Arts Festival” will be a celebration of all things gardening – from plants to handmade items for the home, garden and gardener, to delicious foods and informative talks and tours. Wooly Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the spring activities of the early settlers of Tennessee. Wool processing is featured during this event. Rocky Mount’s flock of sheep will be sheared throughout the day using hand shears. This is a great opportunity for children of all ages to get a close look, and even pet the sheep, feel their wool and learn how it would be made into clothing. Visitors can wash the freshly sheared wool, use wool cards to straighten the fibers, and see how it is spun into yarn and woven into cloth. The Garden Arts Festival will feature engaging speakers sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics of interest to gardening enthusiasts. All talks will be held the Massengill Museum auditorium. Tours will begin in the museum lobby and will last approximately 20 minutes. Vendors and exhibitors including local specialty plant nurseries, traditional artisans, community groups and food vendors will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 10% of all purchases made during the Festival will go to Rocky Mount’s mission to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Northeast Tennessee and to manage and interpret Rocky Mount State Historic Site. Living History tours of the William Cobb House and historic buildings will also be given throughout the day. Admission is $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/child. Free to Rock Mount Historical Association members. Includes parking and access to all Wooly Day & Garden Arts Festival activities.For information about being a vendor or exhibitor, contact Christy Shivell (423-348-6570). Rocky Mount is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from the first Tuesday in March through the second Saturday in December. For more information, call (423) 538-7396 or visit our website (

Apr. 19 - Reece Shipley Memorial Scholarship Concert
7 PM, Friday, April 19, Northeast State Community College. Artists performing live include Wayne Henderson and Helen White, Ed Snodderly, Tim Stafford and Bobby Starnes, Cross Anchor Union, The Dimestore Cowboys, Boppin' Bailey George & Jukebox Jessica Styles, The Magic City Polecat Playboys, with video presentations by Cruz and Billy Contreras & Trey Hensley. Tickets are $15. See



  • Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
  • Blountville Farmers Market, 12 Noon, each Thurs., April through October, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Info at 423.323.4660.
  • Cooper's Gem Mine, 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and 12 Noon to 5 PM on Saturdays, from the 1st of April through October 31. For group tours and information, please call (423) 323-5680. Beginning in October 2015, an online store will be available at and will include natural artifacts.
  • Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (423) 323-4660.
  • Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409, meets at 6PM, 4th Monday of each month, Mama's House Buffet, John B. Dennis Parkway, Kingsport, TN.
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
  • Netherland Inn, Open Saturday and Sunday - May through October. Hours: 2p.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Adults $4.00 and age 6 and under $1.00. Group Tours: April through October by appointment- School, Civic and Church Groups Welcome!
  • Old Deery Inn and Museum. Step back in time as you visit this lovely hidden gem in downtown Historic Blountville! Tours include rooms of beautiful antiques inside the 2-story inn, and visitors will also enjoy seeing the dependency buildings including the old brick kitchen, slave quarters, blacksmith shop and more! A must-see for early Tennessee history! Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are $3. (423) 323-4660.
  • Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
  • Sullivan County Preservation Association, 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm, Community Center at Blountville.
  • Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
  • TAMHA Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association holds jam sessions at 6PM every Friday at the Anderson Townhouse in historic downtown Blountville. Jams are also held from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free and open to the general public.
  • Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.



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