The Fentress County Historical Society has announced its schedule for Heritage Days 2019, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, in historic downtown Jamestown.
Friday evening events will be held in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse and at the stage area behind the courthouse (weather permitting). The program will start at 6:00pm, in the large courtroom, with Howard Ray Duncan, a lifelong resident of this area and a retired Big South Fork NRRA park ranger. Mr. Duncan, who retired after thirty years of interpreting the park and surrounding area for visitors and others who have enjoyed his presentations in numerous settings over the years, will speak about Early Jamestown and Fentress County.
At 6:45pm, Jim Buck, a retired local educator, will don the persona of Cal Logsdon, to share the latter’s story of crime and punishment in the late 1800s, for which he paid the ultimate penalty of execution by hanging and is buried in the Jamestown City Cemetery.
Immediately following these presentations, the audience will be invited to move outside to the stage area behind the courthouse, for an evening of bluegrass music presented by Victory Bluegrass. Victory Bluegrass is a much-in-demand bluegrass gospel group that is known around the region for its true bluegrass gospel sound. In case of rain, this concert will be moved into the courthouse.
A full day, Saturday, begins inside the courthouse, with a Welcome to Heritage Days, followed by recognition of First Families of Fentress County and the announcement of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 2019 Scholarship Recipient.
Singer/Storyteller, Leonard Anderson, will open the entertainment portion of the program with some of his unique songs that tell a story about life in Fentress County and the surrounding area, both past and present.
Immediately following Mr. Anderson’s performance, the Hicks Family will perform a a concert of folk ballads handed down in their family from well before Tennessee became a state. Many of these ballads have been recorded and preserved for future generations by Bob Fulcher, a Tennessee State Parks ranger and, now, Manager of the Cumberland Trail State Park.
Music will also be provided in the stage area on the west side of the courthouse, starting at noon; and several vendors will also be located in that area throughout the day.
There will be activities, all day, around the Fentress County Courthouse, including walking tours of downtown Jamestown. Walking tours, guided by maps provided by the Fentress County Historical Society and the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce will take event attendees to locations of historical significance. Maps available at the Historical Society offices in the former Reagan Building and at the Chamber office across the street.
The Old Fentress County Jail Museum will be open for tours; and several activities are scheduled, throughout the day, at the Fentress County Historical Society offices, including genealogy research. Historical Society members will also be providing photo scanning. Anyone having old photographs of people, places and events in Jamestown and Fentress County are encouraged to bring those to have scanned. Those having their photos scanned will keep their original photo and leave a scanned copy with the Historical Society to be kept in its files.
The Tennessee Archive of Moving Images and Sound Presentation will show vintage films, there will be photographic displays, book and CD sales and more to interest those with a desire to learn more about our past or just to enjoy reminiscing about the past in this part of Tennessee that we call home.
Several food options will be available at different locations throughout Jamestown.