All ages will step back in time in the Living History areas. There will be demonstrations and games showing life of the Cherokee in the early 1800s. Play a few Cherokee games such as Stick Ball, the Cherokee Basket Game or take a 30 minutes Corn Husk Doll making class at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Watch how a Native American flute is made and listen to live Cherokee flute music. Other demonstrations include beadwork, darts, & bows, & moccasin making. Robin Champagne, an award-winning Cherokee Artist in Trade, will be on site selling her beautiful art. Learn more about the Cherokee in our area and their removal through forced treaties and later forced removal at The Tennessee Trail of Tears Association’s booth.
Life as an early settler will be depicted from the 1800s until shortly before electricity came to the area in the 1940s. Learn to use a cross cut saw at the Benton MacKaye Trail Association’s booth, watch musket making at the Sons of the American Revolution’s booth, throw a hatchet, watch a grist mill as it grinds corn into cornmeal, use a corn sheller, make your own rope and learn about blacksmithing! Early settlers will be sewing on a treadle sewing machine, grinding herbs, weaving baskets, making leather britches, blowing fox horns, and “calling” turkeys!