Heritage Day to be held in Fentress County April 30th

For twenty-six years in a row, the Fentress County Historical Society has held a History Week and Roundup event with excellent attendance and participation from local historians, genealogists and visitors from Carolina to California. This year’s one-day event now being billed as Heritage Day Roundup will be at the York Elementary School on April 30, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The theme chosen for this year is “Fentress County Arts and Artists: Past and Present,” and will feature inside displays that exhibit the history of some of Fentress County’s most notable artists of all kinds, pictures of their particular art forms, plus spell-binding stories told by local storytellers and live musical performers. In addition, numerous outside exhibits and demonstrations of historical and current art forms will be set up around the grassy area. These “show and tell” artists and craftsmen will take you back to an earlier time, when such skills were used for both life sustenance and pleasure, and some will have their artistic results for sale.

Genealogy lovers will be able to browse and purchase some of the many books that have been published by local Fentress County residents including those printed or re-published by the Fentress County Historical Society. Bruce York will be on site with his over 350,000-name database of individuals who have lived in, or passed through Fentress County. If you have a “brick wall” that you haven’t been able to break through, come and ask Bruce for help. He might be able to take you back another generation or more in your family tree. We are inviting local artists to participate by setting up a tent or shelter and whatever is required to exhibit and demonstrate their art forms. The categories of art forms and artistic expression are numerous, and all are welcome. Here are a few examples:

  • Storytelling
  • Basketry
  • Blacksmithing
  • Weaving
  • Woodcarving
  • Chair Making
  • Horseshoeing
  • Appalachian, Folk Ballad, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel Music
  • Soap-making
  • Quilting
  • Painting (oils/pastels/watercolors/pencil)
  • Face-painting
  • Pottery
  • Churning
  • Literature/Poetry (authors present)
  • Photography
  • Calligraphy
  • Printmaking
  • Puppetry
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry Making
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Lace Making
  • Embroidery
  • Doll Making
  • Designing & Making Greeting Cards
  • Traditional & Unique Musical Instrument Crafters  (dulcimer/fiddle, canjo’s etc.; both creating and playing)
  • Welding
  • Knife-making
  • Games (Marbles/Jacks/Jump Rope, etc.)
  • Toy Making
  • Grave-dowsing
  • Gravestone carving
  • Gravestone cleaning

Between the hours of 10 and 2 pm, there will be a variety of storytellers and musical performances to entertain and help you reminisce about the simple pleasures and challenges of life as it was lived “back then”. Plate lunches and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about how to participate in Heritage Day Roundup 2016 please call Debbie Delk 931-704-9299 or Willie Beaty 931-879-7622 or email wbeaty@twlakes.net .