REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Oct. 12-14, 2018 - Rogersville Heritage Days
Year after year Rogersville’s historic downtown district provides a welcoming festival setting for Heritage Days – a traditional community celebration of Rogersville’s unique heritage. The festival showcases traditional music, storytellers, and dancers, special activities for Children, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, a juried craft show, and a food court to delight everyone! Further details to be announced.
Oct. 13, 2018 - Rocky Mount presents "Fall Family Festival"
11 AM to 4 PM, Sat., Oct. 13, 2018.
Rocky Mount's special event "Fall Family Festival" will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13th from 11-4. "Fall Family Festival" is Rocky Mount's inaugural fall event celebrating the harvest season with family fun. It is the perfect time to experience the beauty of fall at Rocky Mount. Come out and enjoy the cooler weather and the changing colors of the leaves. Family activities will include games and sack races and craft classes. Craft classes will include pumpkin painting, candle making, soap making, cornshuck doll making, and a basket making class at 2:00. All craft classes will require an additional ticket that can be purchased at the front desk. Craft class prices will vary. Mountain Boys Kountry Kitchen will also have their food truck here so you can spend the day. Picnic tables are available if you would like to bring lunch with you and enjoy the grounds.
Living history tours of the Cobb farm will take place all day along with other special demonstrations. Talk to the Cobb family about the harvest and their preparations for the upcoming winter. Demonstrations on site will include fireplace cooking, blacksmithing, black powder firing, gardening and apple cider pressing. Walk the historic site and greet the Cobb family and their friends and neighbors. Hear, see, and smell what fall was like in 1791! Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and children ages 5-17 are $5. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted free. Rocky Mount Historical Association members will be admitted free. Thank you to BurWil Construction Company in Bristol for their sponsorship of this event. This is a great way to spend time with your family, celebrate the fall season, and enjoy some fall family fun!
For more information call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791 or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 15, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.
Oct. 22, 2018 - History of the Virginia-Tennessee State Line
On Monday, October 22 the Bristol Historical Association will welcome Lorna Hainesworth who will speak on the history of our local state line. Her program is entitled, "First Four Surveys on the 36º 30' Parallel: Dividing Line Betwixt VA & NC, KY & TN." You might have wondered how this line was created, and in particular, why is this line so crooked? Ms. Hainesworth is on a month-long nationwide tour telling the story of one of the nation’s earliest dividing lines. Also included is a little known survey conducted by Meriwether Lewis at the dividing line in November 1806 near present-day Cumberland Gap. The PowerPoint presentation will detail the controversies, relevant issues, and historic figures who played a part of in the dividing line between Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. This state line was directly responsible for the eventual development of Bristol Virginia-Tennessee making its location unique in the nation. For two centuries, and as far back as Colonial America, the dividing line along the 36º 30' Parallel was in legal dispute.
A Maryland resident, Hainesworth Lorna is an independent scholar who has done extensive research on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Historic National Road, the History of United States Land Surveying, along with the lives of the relevant surveyors. She is an Ambassador and National Traveler, and is a researcher for numerous organizations, including the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the National Road Associations, and others. She has written two books describing her travels, one on Route 66 and the other on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Lorna has contributed articles to the Maryland Historic National Road website and to several publications such as "We Proceeded On" and "The Portolan." Her work also appears on Academia.edu. Lorna is a graduate of Oshkosh University in Wisconsin and Cornell University in New York. Her employment included work as a teacher and as a federal employee. In retirement, she has given numerous presentations across the nation.
The October 22 meeting is open to the public and held in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, email@example.com. Get more details on Facebook at BRISTOL HISTORY.
Oct. 26-27, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Witches Wynd
Listeners “Wynd” among five professional tellers of legends and love in the nooks and crannies of ancient log buildings. The evening concludes with hot cider and cookies. Advanced tickets, first available at the Fall Folk Arts Festival are required for this event which has sold out every year. Begun in 1992. Further details to be announced.
Oct. 31, 2018 - Trunk or Treat sponsored by Sullivan County Sheriff's Dept.
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Blountville Middle School, Blountville, TN.
If you and your family are looking for a Fun and Safe environment for Trick-or-Treating, look no further! Sheriff Jef fCassidy and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office would like to invite you to this year's "Trunk-or'Treat" event being held at Blountville Middle School on Halloween Night from 5:30 pm until 7:30 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Be sure to bring a big bag to hold Halloween treats!
Nov. 12, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service: "Farthest Forward: Pickett and Pettigrew at Gettysburg". Further details to be announced.
Nov. 19, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.
Dec. 1, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Christmas in the Country
Christmas in the Country is the first Saturday of December. The sales of fresh greenery, roping and wreaths, traditional foods, and demonstrations of winter activities on a 19th century farmstead are featured. Artisans may offer workshops for visitors to create their own folk art. The Yule Log Ceremony concludes the celebration. Further details to be announced.
Dec. 6, 2018 - Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 PM, in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville, TN. Further details to be announced.
Dec. 8, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Details at (423) 323-4660.
Dec. 8, 2018 - Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN.
Dec. 17, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.
- Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, 2012, 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 coopersgemmine.com 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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