1800s Blount

Heritage Center gives guests glimpse of ancestors’ holidays

Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center got a taste of what the holidays were like for residents of Blount County in the late 19th century.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center rang in the holidays just days after Thanksgiving with the Smoky Mountain Christmas Memories event.

The front lobby of the museum and two of the outbuildings on the property were decorated in late 1800s style. While the Nov. 30 event was a reception for members of the museum, visitors got to see the museum at its holiday best on Dec. 1.

Guests got to see demonstrations of paper flower making. Southern Kids In Theatre from Maryville presented a workshop for children ages 8 to 18, and the participants performed onstage for the audience afterwards.

Smoky Mountain Christmas Memories was made possible by the Apple Valley Farms, Townsend, Jeanie Van Winkle, Jeannie Anderson, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the Heritage Center and the Heritage Center Guild.

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