JUNCTION, Tenn. – Take a step back in time as Ames Plantation recreates rural
life of the 1800s at their annual Heritage Festival.
From 9 a.m.
– 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, history will come to life as more than 175 presenters showcase skills, music and art that were popular in the 19th
century. Visitors can shop for unique handmade crafts, sample savory foods and
enjoy a long lineup of string bands playing old-time music. There are lots of
activities for children, including cotton picking and goat milking!
Many of the
Heritage Festival activities take place in Ames’ Heritage Village – a replica
of a 19th century settlement that includes several log cabins, a
one-room school and the nationally renowned Stencil House, so named for the
elaborate stencil designs that cover the home’s interior walls. In the Heritage
Village, visitors can see demonstrations of brickmaking, tobacco curing, cotton
spinning and much more.
village, it’s a short stroll to a reproduction of a Civil War camp, where
visitors can chat with re-enactors in period dress and watch artillery
demonstrations. Returning this year are the cannon blasts at the top and bottom
of each hour!
Some of the
other features returning this year include storytelling in the schoolhouse, an
archeological dig at an antebellum site, horse shoeing, woodcarving and Native
American flint knapping. Homemade ice cream will be made on site with the help of
a hit-and-miss engine. Visitors will also again be able to purchase pumpkins
from a local farmer.
is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 4-16 and free for ages 3 and under, making this a
very affordable outing for the family. Event organizers suggest arriving early
if you want to see everything, and bringing a little extra cash for shopping a
huge selection of folk art and other handmade crafts.
Plantation is located just an hour’s drive from Memphis, Jackson and Corinth.
Enter at Buford Ellington Road off Tennessee Highway 18. For more information,
including directions, visit amesplantation.org
or call 901-878-1067.
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 the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture as one of
the 10 UT AgResearch and Education Centers located across 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.
Carlisle, director, Ames Plantation, 901-878-1067, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, email@example.com