Students will get a crash
course in how horses were important to the settlement of TN. Additionally,
they will get to see a variety of historically accurate saddles and learn
about how ladies dressed and mounted horses for sidesaddle riding. Someone
may even get pulled from the crowd to try on the riding habit!
Trapping & Hide
Students will get to
experience firsthand the process of taking an animal hide from the trap to a
finished piece of leather or a blanket. Demonstration will include scraping,
stretching, and tanning. Students will also get to touch a variety of pelts
from beaver to rabbit and beyond.
Cooking in a
Medical Practices in the
1800ís (Saturday Only)
Imagine being hurt on the
battlefield. Our resident doctor will use a volunteer to demonstrate methods
for treating wounds, amputating, and much more! (Donít worry; no actual
amputations will be performed.) Students will also get to see medical
instruments and medicines used during the 1800s.
The Native American
Experience, with an emphasis on 17th & 18th Century
Through an engaging
presentation, students will learn the true history of the Cherokee experience
in Tennessee. They can expect to learn a few words from the Cherokee language
as well. Be prepared to exercise your feet and vocal cords for some social
dancing and singing!
How were moccasins, leggings,
hunting bags, saddles and more created? Students will get a first-hand look
at these processes.
Traditional Dulcimer Music
Students will be serenaded
with the traditional sounds of the dulcimer and TN Music Box. If they are
really good listeners, we might even have a sing-along!
See a coal-iron forge and
traditional blacksmithing techniques. This is a fan favorite!
War of 1812 Infantry
Students will get to
experience a small piece of the War of 1812 first-hand from Infantry marching
to weapon loading and firing. The presentation will also give students a
brief overview of the War of 1812 and its impact on Tennesseans.
Stories of a French Courier
de Bois on the frontier
Meet Jean Baptiste, French
Courier de Bois and member of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Students will be
enthralled by his tales of life with the natives and experiences on the trail!
Mountain Man Life &
What was it like living and
hunting on the frontier? The day to day life of the Long Hunter will be
brought to life with lots of great things to see and touch. Students will
also be treated to a tomahawk throwing demonstration.
Historical Weapons Firing
Students will get to learn
about a variety of weapons used during the Revolutionary War, frontier times,
War of 1812, and the Civil War. A favorite for students & teachers alike, our
trained re-enactors will actually load and fire several weapons (blanks or
powder only Ė designated firing range).
Hands-On Activities for Youth
Activity Station will include