Demonstrations

We cannot even begin to tell you about how wonderful the demonstrators that participate in Heritage Days are...come see them for yourself!

At Mansker's Fort:
  1. Three Creeks Farm is back as a crowd favorite and is planning on having sheep and goats for the public to touch and see.  They will demonstrate the process of shearing sheep and spinning the wool.
  2. Terry Palmer, owner of Highland Rim Leatherworks, will demonstrate the art of leather and horse tack and will have a large collection of his work on hand.
  3. Caldwell Creel is a skilled woodworker that will be demonstrating the art of turning trees into spoons and bowls.
  4. Mansker Station's own Pete Santoro will be manning the blacksmith shop and turning out nails, j-hooks, s-hooks and trammels. 
  5. Receive a guided tour of the main blockhouse and walk around the rest of the fort compound at your leisure.
  6. Tennessee State Parks will be represented and will be talking about life on the frontier and will be demonstrating.
At The Bowen Plantation House:
  1. In the Women's Tent,  Rebecca Hiller is showing clothing of the 18th century.
  2. Roy Overcast, of Roy Overcast Pottery, creates clay works of earthenware and stoneware clay.  His works can be found all over the world.  He has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, American Craft, Ceramic Monthly, and Country Living, among other publications. 
  3. Melissa Goodwin is a fiber artist who has been weaving and spinning for almost a quarter century.  She will demonstrate weaving  and will educate the public on historical techniques. 
  4. Steve Towne will demonstrate scrimshaw, engraving of horn, silver, bone, brass, and tin smithing.  He may event treat the public to music from his bagpipes! 
  5. The Sevier Ranging Company will allow participants to see life in the past with demonstrations throughout the day; including a Musket Display, Bartering, Directions, Time and Distance using a compass, Fire Starting, and Camp Life.
  6. Toni Biggs is a highly skilled basket maker who will provide detailed demonstrations on various methods of this trade.  She will also teach 18th century dance on the back lawn of the Bowen House throughout the day.
  7. Cherish Biggs will be conducting a milking demonstration from Dwarf Dairy Goats.
  8. Brian Allison will be portraying Dr. Keeling, the doctor that was the second owner of the Bowen House.  Mr. Allison is a longtime public historian and author and has over twenty years of studying historic medical and surgical procedures.
  9. Representatives from The Sam Davis Home will be on site hosting a demonstration on cotton.  This hands-on activity will allow participants to learn the step-by-step process of how cotton was planted, harvested, spun, and woven in order to produce clothing and other items in the 19th century.
  10. Take a tour of the front of the Bowen House and get a glimpse of life on the plantation in Middle Tennessee's oldest standing brick home. (Saturday only)
  11. Back for the 2017 event, Debbie Caldwell will show participants candle dipping over open fire.