History & Heritage Week

The Fentress County Historical Society will observe History & Heritage Week from April 27-May 2, 2015 in Historic Jamestown. Several activities will take place during the week leading up to a Heritage Day Roundup on May 2. The emphasis will focus on Old Fashion Skills and Crafts Practiced by Our Ancestors.

The Heritage Day Roundup will be held at the York Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with both inside and outside venues.  Exhibits, recognitions, storytelling and other activities will happen in the school cafeteria. New First Families of Fentress County certificates will be presented and Scholarship recipients will be recognized, along with other special honors. Food and drinks will also be available.

Craftsmen, artisans, designers, and creators will set up under shelters or in the open on the outside where they will demonstrate “Old Timey” ways of doing things, especially making of things that were useful in the home and on the farm. Examples will include quilt making, chair making, weaving, soap making, blacksmithing, unique and mountain musical instruments of all kinds, local artistry, fun games children used to play, and others. All demonstrators and vendors will be Fentress County residents or have ties to the county.

Music by local musicians will be featured throughout the day. Storytellers will share their favorite stories about local people of yesteryear. Craftsmen and artisans who have items they have made may offer them for sale but no other sales vendors will be participating. Society members and participants are encouraged to dress in period dress as would have been common on the Cumberland Plateau 50 or 100 years ago.

Anyone desiring more information about the History & Heritage Week activities, or to participate as a vendor-demonstrator should call 931-879-7622 or 931-879-9248.