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 nail, j-hooks, s-hooks and trammels. 
  5. Shari VonKannon will be demonstrating open hearth cooking.
  6. Receive a guided tour of the main blockhouse and walk around the rest of the fort compound at your leisure.
  7. New to the 2016 event, Tennessee State Parks will be represented and will be talking about life on the frontier and will be demonstrating brain tanning.
At The Bowen Plantation House:
  1. In the Women's Tent,  Tonya Staggs, from Travellers Rest Plantation, will showcase ladies hats and 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. Experience what it was like to wash clothes on a washboard and hang them on the line to dry with Joy Mayfield and a representative from The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson.
  8. Jennifer Kirk will be creating delicious food in the bake oven and discussing cooking in the 18th century.
  9. Brian Allison will be portraying Dr. Keeling, a Civil War surgeon who lived in the home.  Mr. Allison is a longtime public historian and author and has over twenty years of studying historic medical and surgical procedures.
  10. Representatives from The Sam Davis Home will be on site demonstrating 18th century toys.  This hands-on activity will allow participants to learn about and play with wooden toys.
  11. Historic Rock Castle representatives will delight participants with a ciphering activity.  This coding device helped send secret messages in the 18th century.
  12. 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.
  13. Back for the 2016 event, Debbie Caldwell will show participants candle dipping over open fire.
  14. Learn to write with a quill pen.  Representatives from Travellers Rest will allow participants to see how people would have painstakingly taken time to write letters.
  15. On Saturday, enjoy live music of the French Lick Pickers from the porch of the Bowen House.