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Rocky Mount State Historic Site: Wooly Day and Garden Arts Festival
March 14, 2019$5 – $10
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.
- 10:00 a.m. Herb Gardens in Colonial America. Join Rocky Mount’s Maureen Mulroy for a class on the herbs that were grown during colonial times, their role and function in maintaining the health and welfare of a family, and practices used for growing and preserving herbs.
- 11:00 a.m. Guided Herb Garden Tour. Conducted by Rocky Mount’s Master Gardener volunteers.
- 11:30 a.m. Square Foot Gardening Basis. Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor Scott Thompson will introduce you to a systematic technique of interest to anyone who would like to increase the productivity of their vegetable or herb garden.
- 1:00 p.m. Herb Gardens in Colonial America. Join Rocky Mount’s Maureen Mulroy for a class on the herbs that were grown during colonial times, their role and function in maintaining the health and welfare of a family, and practices used for growing and preserving herbs.
- 2:00 p.m. Guided Herb Garden Tour. Conducted by Rocky Mount’s Master Gardener volunteers.
- 2:30 p.m. The Best Plants for Pollinator Friendly Landscapes. Christy Shivell, grower and propagator with Shy Valley Farm, will showcase techniques and plants that will make your landscape an oasis for pollinators and other desirable wildlife.
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.
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 (www.rockymountmuseum.com).
Rocky Mount State Historic Site is located at 200 Hyder Hill Road, Piney Flats – just off Highway 11-E, midway between Johnson City and Piney Flats.
|>>>>> Rocky Mount State Historic Site <<<<<
Ø One of the oldest farms in Tennessee (1775-1958)
Ø First capital of the Southwest Territory– the predecessor of the State of Tennessee (1790-1792).
Ø Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
Ø Free admission to all Rocky Mount Historical Association members
Ø For more information, call (423) 538-7396 or visit our website (www.rockymountmuseum.com
|UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS
· March 22: “Mary Patton – Colonial Patriot”
· April 13: “Wooly Day & Garden Arts Festival.”
· June 15 & 16: ”TimeLine Festival & Heritage Fair”