The Smoky Mountain region carries with it a rich heritage and culture. Likewise, the communities around the Smokies have helped establish the rustic, down-home atmosphere and mountain culture that hold strong throughout the region. Pigeon Forge is one such community, and with the upcoming Heritage Day event at the city’s Old Mill landmark, this is one area that is showcasing some of the culture that has helped to make the Smokies such a unique place!
This year the 8th annual Old Mill Heritage Day is set for September 24th. From 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening, there will be tons of entertainment and activities to partake in. Keep in mind that this is a free event. The free guided tours of the Old Mill are a great way to get in touch with the history of the region as it seems to have preserved perfectly within its wooden boards the feeling of the nineteenth century. This can be held especially true when examining the still-running 170 year old mill itself.
Visitors will also enjoy treating themselves to homemade confections, such as cornbread, apple butter, and Appalachian cooking demonstrations. You’ll marvel at the many hand-crafted art pieces, including jewelry and pottery. The kids will enjoy the Appalachian children’s games and face painting as well as the pumpkin painting and petting zoo. Some other activities of interest include Quilting, an antique car show and a cake walk all while enjoying the music from local entertainers!
Heritage Day is the perfect occasion to take in some of the crafts and traditions that have made the Smoky Mountains what they are today. Attending this event is sure to give you and your family a new appreciation for the sights and sounds of this region of America! Check out the Old Mill Heritage Day website for more information on activities, directions and paste event photos.