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Cooking Along the Great Stage Road

March 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm




Kingsport, February 10, 2020 – The 19th Century gave us the telephone and telegraph, the internal combustion
engine, four new Constitutional amendments, and the birth of professional baseball. It also gave us some
interesting food, some of which we are still enjoying today, and when the Netherland Inn-Exchange Place
Association hosts its annual dinner on Sunday, March 1, 2020, food from that era will be explored, and
sampled, in a lively evening guaranteed to whet one’s appetite.

The three sites that make up the Association – the Netherland Inn, Exchange Place, and Hammond House –
will be taking us on a guided gastronomic tour of the 19th Century. Janet Gillenwater from the Inn will
examine the very early years, when salt was being ferried down the Holston River from Saltville, Virginia.

Heather Gilreath (assisted by Emily Myers and Megan Grisenti) from Exchange Place will look at the middle
years, when far too many homes had meals cooked and served by slaves. And Mary Fanslow from Hammond
House will close the century with the Victorian era, when a meal could be enjoyed by the light of the new
electric light bulb. Each site will pass out yummy, bite-sized samples of treats that were fashionable in its time
period, and recipes popular in all three eras will be found as part of the colorful table settings.

And there will also be music! The Junior Apprentices Old-Time Band, made up exclusively of members of
Exchange Place’s unique students who are learning about history and restoration at Kingsport’s living history
farm, will demonstrate their talent by playing “between courses,” as it were.

The dinner will be held at the Press Room on Roller Street in Kingsport, behind the Food City on Clinchfield
Street, beginning at 5:30 pm. A 21st Century buffet meal will be provided by Food City. While a small portion
of the meeting will be devoted to Association business, including the election of officers for the new year, one
does not have to be a member of the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association to attend, and so this
gathering is quite open to the general public. Please note that reservations are required, and must be
received no later than Wednesday, February 26. You may contact either Sara Selby (423-349-
8372 or sarabselby@gmail.com ), or Marshall Adesman (423-357-5352 or
msadesman@gmail.com , or send in a check for $20 per person to:

NI/EP Association, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, TN 37662

The Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association is a non-profit, 501(c)3, volunteer-run organization, whose
purpose is to contribute to the better understanding and appreciation of the early history of this region, and to
preserve the important landmarks (which also includes the Hammond House), antiques, relics, and documents
as a part of our local, state, and national heritage.


March 1, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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