16th annual Heritage Festival scheduled for Oct. 12

Ames Plantation Heritage Festival
Visit a Civil War camp site and view artillery demonstrations at Ames' Plantation's annual Heritage Festival. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download photo.


GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. – There’s one fun-filled Saturday in October jam-packed with music, crafts and a lot of history. Join us at Ames Plantation’s Heritage Festival on Oct. 12, and you’re sure to have a great time.

Heritage Festival features more than 150 friendly folk artists demonstrating traditional farming, cooking and home life skills.  You can see a blacksmith in action, watch as a horse gets a new pair of shoes and shop for unique items like homemade soaps, candles and brooms. Plus, a long lineup of award-winning gospel and bluegrass bands will be making music all day on two outdoor stages.

We recommend you start your day exploring Heritage Village, an authentic replica of a 19th century rural settlement. The village contains several log homes, a one-room schoolhouse and the nationally renowned Stencil House. Named for the elaborate stencil designs covering the walls, the Stencil House is one of the most impressive examples of the decorative art of stencil painting found in the South.

You’ll also want to make time to peruse the large collection of antique tractors and steam engines. And don’t forget to stop by the Civil War camp reproduction to chat with re-enactors in period dress and view artillery demonstrations. If you need a break, pull up a hay bale and be re-energized by an up-tempo bluegrass tune.

There are lots of activities for children at Heritage Festival. Kids will enjoy dancing along with traditional Native American performers, picking and ginning their own cotton and taking a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the Ames Plantation grounds.

The Heritage Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-16, and free for ages 3 and under.  Parking is free. Enter Ames Plantation at Buford Ellington Road off Tennessee Highway 18.  No pets, please.

For more information regarding Heritage Festival, visit the website http://www.amesplantation.org or call 901-878-1067.

Ames Plantation is privately owned and operated by Successor Trustees of the Hobart Ames Foundation through the Will of the late Julia Colony Ames. The Ames Plantation’s 18,400 acres of land are made available to UT AgResearch as one of 10 AgResearch and Education centers located across the state. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Rick Carlisle, director, Ames Plantation, 901-878-1067, rcarlisle@amesplantation.org

Ginger Trice Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu