Celebrate the history and culture of Appalachian families who settled the Rugby region with a family friendly day filled with living history demonstrations, crafters, and children’s activities on Saturday, October 4th!

Not only will you be able to enjoy this FREE event, but also the Michaelmas Festival at Christ Church-also free! And, just down the road from us Allardt will be celebrating their annual Pumpkin Festival-all on Saturday!. We even have an event celebrating our Founders Day on Sunday, October 5th. So plan now on visiting us for the weekend. Stay in our lodging and enjoy meals at the Harrow Road Cafe.

Special demonstrations and activities for Appalachian Heritage Day include blacksmithing by Brad Greenwood; cordwaining (shoe making!) by Matthew Matteson; candle dipping by Shirley Hughes; white oak basketry by Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester; pine basketry by Joyce Lantz, spinning by Sue Duncan; and knitting by Mary Curren. Joni Lovegrove will be doing Cherokee storytelling in the afternoon.

Several vendors will be selling traditional Appalachian craft work, including Lisa Stansberry who will also demonstrate the potter’s wheel and have work for sale. Chair and stool maker Bill Wilkey will also demonstrate chair bottoming and Katie Avram will have her Sassycats baskets for sale inside the Visitor Centre.

Other vendors will be selling food, along with the Harrow Road Cafe. Plan now on visiting us for this fun weekend of activities!





This event is held in conjunction with Christ Church Episcopal Annual Michaelmas Festival and Tea.
There will be crafts for sale, yummy baked goods, fun children’s activities, and tours of the church!

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT               FREE EVENT!

A special afternoon tea will be served at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST and 2:00 pm EST at Christ Church.  

Cost of tea $10.00 per person.  Reservations are strongly suggested!

Call Dorcus McBrayer for reservations at 423-628-1282 or email her at grannymcbrayer@gmail.com.