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christmas in old appalachia

December 6 - 24, 2014

   Quilting in Mark Twain Family Cabin

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

Christmas in Old Appalachia

For more information please contact the
Museum at (865) 494-7680
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Join us as we recreate a meaningful holiday of simpler pleasures and homier joys. Traditional trees and homemade decorations, typical of austere pioneer days, transform the Museum’s authentic log buildings; and 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.

Sing Christmas carols along with musicians in the Peter's Homestead House, where they'll be singing holiday and traditional songs every day during December. Sit and visit with the kids over some hot chocolate and Christmas cookies from the Museum Restaurant.

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.

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