18th Year for Ames Plantation Event

Weaving at the Ames Plantation Heritage Festival
Not only can visitors to the UT AgResearch and Ames Plantation Heritage Festival watch folk artists demonstrate 19th century skills, they can try their hand at some of them - like weaving with an old-fashioned loom. The Heritage Festival is Saturday, October 10, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA.

GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. – On Saturday, October 10, more than 150 folk artists and musicians will recreate rural Tennessee from years gone by at the 18th annual Heritage Festival. Come to the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction to explore the history, culture, art and traditions of the area. Gates open at 9 a.m., and visitors should plan to arrive early to see it all.
Many of the activities take place at Ames’ Heritage Village, a replica of a 19th century rural settlement. The village contains several homes, a one-room schoolhouse and the nationally renowned Stencil House. Named for the elaborate designs covering the walls, the Stencil House is believed to be the most extensive surviving display of stenciling in the South.
While at the Heritage Village, you can see blacksmithing, weaving, broom making and woodworking demonstrations. Visit the booths of skilled artisans who make toys, jewelry, baskets, candles, pottery and other crafts all by hand. These handmade goods are of the highest quality and make unique gifts for family or friends.
Those interested in historical farming practices can explore a large collection of antique tractors and steam engines, see horses being shoed, and learn about dark fired tobacco production. Civil War enthusiasts can tour a reproduction of a Civil War camp, view artillery demonstrations or chat with re-enactors in period dress. There’s something for music lovers, too – some of the region’s top bluegrass, gospel and string bands will entertain on two outdoor stages throughout the day.
Younger visitors will enjoy handpicking and ginning cotton, hand milking a goat or creating their own unique stencil designs. Other hands-on activities include participating in an archeological dig on an actual 19th century historic site.
The Heritage Festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 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, visit the web site 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 University of Tennessee AgResearch as one of 10 AgResearch and Education Centers located across the state. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

Ames also partners with other universities and state agencies across the South in an effort to more fully utilize its diverse array of natural and cultural resources. Our cooperative research programs focus on forestry-wildlife interactions as well as forage, beef cattle, plant and soil science, and cultural resource issues.
Dr. Rick Carlisle, director, Ames Plantation, 901-878-1067, rcarlise@amesplantation.org
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu