History is king

Townsend Winter Heritage Festival expected to be another hit

From the 2007 Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies, Helen and Lendel Abbott of the Cades Cove Preservation Association show off two 1870s rifles.

From the 2007 Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies, Helen and Lendel Abbott of the Cades Cove Preservation Association show off two 1870s rifles.

The inaugural Winter Heritage Festival in 2007 exceeded many of the expectations planners had for the event and organizers are anticipating an even better turnout this year.

“It really surpassed our expectations last year as to the number of people who participated and the high level of interest,” Great Smoky Mountains Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Vice President Herb Handly said. “We expected we would be looking at a select few. As it turned out, we found there is a great deal of interest in the human history of our area,” Handly said.

Handly said the 2008 festival is going to be event better. “The event this year is much more expanded than last year. We have several new and different kinds of presentations that I think will have a great deal of interest, This is kind of what our plan was. Determine interests and once we determined that, begin expanding our program. We think we have a great outline of lectures and activities that will have great interest to a lot of people.”

Missy Tipton with the Cades Cove Preservation Association said the CCPA will sponsor the kick off event for the festival, a talk by Bill Landry of the WBIR Heartland series. While the program with Landry and the dulcimer music of Mike Clemmer is free, the reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres are $43.

Tipton said programs and events will be held at the Townsend Visitor’s Center, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Highland Manor. The Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend and The Cades Cove Preservation Association Museum on East Lamar Alexander Parkway just down from the Blount County Justice Center will be open each day of the festival for people traveling to Townsend through Maryville, Tipton said.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Kiwanis Club will have a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Townsend Elementary School. There also will be several different hikes led by National Park rangers during the festival, Tipton said.

For more information about the Cades Cove Preservation Association or to register for the Precious Memories - Cades Cove Homecoming, call 865-448-6134, 1-800-525-6834 or on the web go www.smokymountains.org/winter-heritage.

Schedule of Events

Please note: Pre-registration required for all programs, except exhibits. Reservations are required for meals. Please arrive 5 minutes early.


• 6 -- 9 p.m. Kick-Off Reception at Dancing Bear Lodge-Heavy Hors D’oeuvres, Reservations: 865-448-0044 ($43.99) Program: Mike Clemmer, Dulcimer music; Speaker: Bill Landry of “The Heartland Series” (programs only: free)


All Day Exhibits and Activities:

• 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. Cades Cove Preservation Association Exhibits-Descendants and former residents will be available at Townsend Visitor Center for discussion of the cultural history and personal family memories of life in Cades Cove. A display of family artifacts and graphical information may be viewed. Other CCPA displays are at Cades Cove/Thompson-Brown House Museum, Maryville.

• 9 a.m. --- 5 p.m. Little River Railroad Museum will be open for tours with special exhibits. Special exhibits of model railroads, lecture sessions concerning railroad construction and logging inside the national park.

• 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. Blount County Historical Museum will be open for viewing displays of area features, places, and people.

• 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Walker Room Exhibit- Discover the lives of Big Will, Nancy, and the rest of the Walker family at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

At Tremont

• 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Portraits by Mary Grace- Have a vintage photo of you and your family taken infront of the stone fireplace at the Townsend Visitor Center.

• 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center-Blount County Student Art Show and Townsend Artisan Guild “Winter in the Smokies” exhibit (through 2/17)

Friday Morning Programs

At Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center:

• 9 a.m. -- 10 a.m. Cades Cove Armchair Tour, Allen Coggins

• 10:15 -- 11:15 Grazing the Balds, Missy Tipton

• 11:30 -- 12:30 Cades Cove Medicines, Inez Adams

At Highland Manor:

• 10:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. “Hills, Hollers, and Harmonies” concert, Lisa Free

• 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Hiking the Smokies, Sue Jenkins

Friday Afternoon Programs

At Highland Manor:

• 12:30 p.m. -- 2 p.m. Lunch catered by Sister Cats, and Storytelling with Faye Wooden. Reservations for lunch: 865-448-0044 ($10)

• 2 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Geology of White Oak Sinks, Harry Moore

At Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center:

• 2 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Sugarlands Memories, Bonnie Myers

• 3:15 p.m. -- 4:15 p.m. Rich Woods, Betty Best

• 4:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. Mountain Baskets, Bill Alexander

At Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont:

• 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Tremont History Ramble, Ken Voorhis Meet: Tremont Office

• 3:30 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. Fire Towers of the Smokies, Charles Maynard Spruce/Fir Room

• 4:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. Walker Room Exhibit, Hot Cider; Concert: Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, The Woodpickers Meet: Spruce/Fir room

At Cades Cove:

• 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. The Oliver Family of Cades Cove, walking tour, Mike Maslona Meet: John Oliver Place Parking Lot

Friday Evening Programs

In Maryville, at Blount County Historical Museum:

• 4:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. Special Viewing/Visitor Reception

In Townsend:

• 7 p.m. -- 10 p.m. Taste of Townsend -- Enjoy area restaurants!

Saturday Morning Programs

At Townsend Elementary School:

• 7 a.m. -- 11 a.m. Kiwanis Pancake Community Benefit Breakfast; Tickets: $5.00. Call: 865-448-0044.

At Townsend Visitor Center:

• 9 a.m. Meet for Elkmont Community History Hike , Bill Deitzer. (carpool to trailhead; half day hike, return by 1 p.m.)

At Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center:

• 9 a.m. -- 11 a.m. Drawing History’s Icons Workshop, Andrea Wilson Limit 20

• 9 a.m. -- 10 a.m. Cades Cove Images, photography by Bill Lea

• 10:15 a.m. -- 11:15 a.m. Cades Cove Military History, Mayor Jerry Cunningham

• 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. The Cades Cove Baptist Church, Jim Cooper

Saturday Afternoon Programs

At Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont:

• 1 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Wild Edibles of the Smokies, Ila Hatter. Meet: Spruce/Fir room

• 3 p.m. -- 5 p.m. Tremont Logging Hike, Ron Briggs. Meet: Tremont Office

At Little River Railroad Museum:

• 1 p.m. -- 2 p.m. Whistle Over the Mountain, Jim Thurston

• 2 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Railroad Bed Walk, Don Headrick and Rick Turner

At Cades Cove:

• 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Cades Cove Cemetery Stroll, Ann Schlichting. Meet: Primitive Baptist Church

At Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center:

• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Native American Flute, Randy McGinnis.

• 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Chestnut Flats, Dave Post.

• 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Rich Woods, Betty Best.

• 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: White Oak Sinks History, David Ledbetter.

At Valley View Lodge:

• Afternoon snack – fried apple pies.

• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: The Hawkins Line, Dwight McCarter.

• 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Cherokee Storytelling and Flute Music, Kay Littlejohn and Danny Bigay.

Saturday Evening programs

At the Barn Event Center of the Smokies

• 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Dulcimer Music, Mike Clemmer, Wood-N-Strings.

• 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Stars over the Smokies, star gazing, Lee Erickson, SMAS.

• 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Supper catered by Miss Lily’s.

• 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Native American Culture, Bo Taylor, member of the Eastern band of the Cherokee Indians.

SUNDAY, Feb. 10 Afternoon Programs

At Richmont Inn:

• 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: The Walker sisters of Little Greenbrier, Robin Goddard; harp music, Jennifer Love. (Light refreshments)

At Valley View Lodge:

• 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Precious Memorials – a Cades Cove Homecoming hosted by Cades Cove Preservation Association.

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