​Ames Plantation Hosts 20th Annual Heritage Festival

Brooms made by hand at Ames Plantation

Visitors can shop for vintage items like these brooms made right in front of you at the 20th annual Heritage Festival at Ames Plantation. The event is Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.​

GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. – Discover what life was like for early Tennessee settlers at the 20
th annual Heritage Festival hosted by Ames Plantation and University of Tennessee AgResearch.

On Saturday, October 14, more than 150 historical interpreters, artists and crafters will recreate life in the 1800s through music, folk art and special skill demonstrations. Ever seen anyone build a log cabin? You can see it at the Heritage Festival. Watched a meal be prepared over an open hearth? They have that, too, along with dozens of other old-fashioned skills like brickmaking, tobacco curing, blacksmithing and more.

The Heritage Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 4-16 and free for ages 3 and under.

Many of the historical demonstrations include hands-on activities. Young visitors especially enjoy cotton picking, goat milking and creating vintage crafts. The interpreters are happy to share a story and answer questions.

Music was an important piece of the region’s history and is a big part of the Heritage Festival. Bands from across the Mid-South will perform string band, gospel, and blues music all day on two outdoor stages.

Heritage Festival goers can also shop quality handmade goods created by local folk artists. Soaps, quilts, brooms, jewelry and home décor items will be available. Visitors will also be able to purchase pumpkins from a local farmer.

Most 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.

From the village, it’s a short stroll to a reproduction of a Civil War camp, where visitors can watch artillery demonstrations performed by re-enactors in period dress. 
Other features returning this year include storytelling in the schoolhouse, an archeological demonstration at an antebellum site, horse shoeing, mule logging, woodcarving, Native American culture and historic cemetery interpretation.

With so much to see, event organizers suggest arriving early. Bring extra cash for shopping. Food vendors will be on site.

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, facebook.com/amesplantation, 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 the 10 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,