​19th Annual Event Taking Place on October 8

2015 Heritage Festival at Ames Plantation

Presenters describe the lives of Civil War soldiers at the Heritage Festival at Ames Plantation. In addition to an interactive view of the region's history, festival goers can enjoy folk music, shopping and food. The event is slated for Saturday, October 8. Photo courtesy Ames Plantation. Download image.

GRAND 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 19
th 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 19
th 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.

From the 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.

Admission 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.

Ames 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.

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 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.



Dr. Rick Carlisle, director, Ames Plantation, 901-878-1067,

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