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Christmas in Old Appalachia

December 2-24, 2017

Popcorn balls and paper chains… fruits and nuts in their stockings … carols by the fire...
a cedar tree cut in the nearby woods- that’s the Christmas most rural Appalachian children knew.
And it's the Christmas we recreate each year throughout the Museum village at our special....

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Christmas in Old Appalachia

Join us as we recreate a meaningful holiday of simpler times. Traditional trees and hand-made decorations, typical of austere pioneer days, transform the Museum’s authentic log buildings.

Wander through the village and marvel at the simple treasures of their settlement days.  In the one-room, dirt-floored “Dan'l Boone” cabin, strings of popcorn and cotton bolls circle a dormant tree; Paper chains and other ornaments trim the tree in the Little Tater Valley Schoolhouse.

Sweet gum and sycamore balls are strung throughout the Mark Twain Family Cabin, and a traditional silver star tops a native red cedar Christmas tree in the turn-of-the-century Peters Homestead House. Apples, nuts, homemade toys, and oranges fill stockings hung in the cabins.

Pick up some stocking stuffers in the Museum Gift and Antique Shop, which features everything from hand-crafted ornaments, locally made muscadine and moonshine jellies, and beautiful pottery, along with baskets, quilts, and plenty of Appalachian specialties. Or just come and enjoy a homemade southern country lunch in front of the warm fireplace.

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 You'll want to make Christmas in Old Appalachia part of your family's annual holiday tradition!

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Museum at (865) 494-7680 or
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