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Exchange Place Living History Farm

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4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 United States
423-288-6071 exchangeplace.info

Exchange Place
4812 Orebank Road

Kingsport,TN 37664
423-288-6071

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

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April 2018

Exchange Place: Spring Garden Fair

April 28 - April 29
Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 United States
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Spring Garden Fair The Garden Fair is the last full weekend of April. Demonstrations of springtime activities on a 19th century farmstead and sales of plants, garden accessories, farm products, and related arts are the focus. Traditional music, old-fashioned foods, children’s activities, animals, and educational “talks and walks” are important parts of the event. Begun in 1984.  2018 date: Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

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July 2018

Exchange Place: Farm Fest

July 15
Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 United States
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Farmfest Farmfest is the first Sunday afternoon of the community wide FunFest. The focus is on Children’s “play” and “chores” and demonstrations of summertime activities on a 19th century farmstead. No sales are made except at the John Gaines Store.  2018 date: Sunday, July 15.

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September 2018

Exchange Place: Fall Folk Arts Festival

September 29 - September 30
Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 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.  2018 date: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.

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October 2018

Exchange Place: Witches Wynd

October 26 - October 27
Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 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.  2018 date: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.

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December 2018

Exchange Place: Christmas in the Country

December 1
Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37645 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.  2018 date: Saturday, December 1.

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