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Exchange Place: Living History Farm

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4812 Orebank Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37664 United States
(423) 288-6071 https://www.exchangeplace.info/

Long before there was such a thing as an interstate highway system, the Old Stage Road carried people from Washington, DC to Nashville, Tennessee, with many stops in between. It is, in fact, the oldest road in the state of Tennessee, and while it no longer sees traffic, it still runs through Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport, Tennessee, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally part of a 3,000-acre land grant given to Edmund Pendleton in 1756, Exchange Place remained wilderness until John Gaines and wife Letitia received 160 acres as bounty for his service in the War of 1812. Gaines gradually increased his holdings to more than 2,000 acres, but wanting more of a presence in Virginia, he made a trade with John Preston of Abingdon, Virginia. Preston gave up property he owned in Scott County, Virginia, and in exchange he received the western portion of the Gaines plantation, including the main house and its dependencies. Mr. Preston then gave the land to his son, James, upon his marriage to Catherine Ann Greenway.

Today visitors can re-visit that simpler time. The non-profit, volunteer-run Exchange Place Living History Farm serves a mission to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-19th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. It does this in three ways:

 As an educational facility that endeavors to demonstrate the resourcefulness of mid-19th century agrarian life.
 As a viable working farm that continues to maintain the heritage breeds of animals and heirloom plantings essential to life of this antebellum period.
 As a regional attraction that offers tours, traditional period demonstrations and other public events designed to increase community awareness and showcase heritage arts, crafts, and skills of the Appalachian region.

And as a regional attraction, it serves the public – and helps to maintain the antebellum structures, as well as feed the animals who live on the farm all year long – by hosting several public events every year.

September 2019

Fall Folk Arts Festival

September 28 - September 29
Exchange Place: Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37664 United States
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Fall Folk Arts Festival The Fall Folk Arts Festival is the last full weekend of September. Fall activities typical of a 19th century farmstead, demonstrations and sales of high-quality hand-made handicrafts and a Harvest Market are featured. Traditional music, old-fashioned foods, children’s activities, and animals are important parts of the event.  Begun in 1972.  2019 date: Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.

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October 2019

Witches Wynd

October 25 - October 26
Exchange Place: Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37664 United States
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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.  2019 date: Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26.

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December 2019

Christmas in the Country

December 7
Exchange Place: Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37664 United States
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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.  2019 date: Saturday, December 7.

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