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Heritage Events

Kick Back The Rug: Community Social circa 1900 - June 16, 2015 from 5pm - 9pm

As part of The Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming for 2015, Matthews Living History Farm Museum is hosting a Community Social modeled after the traditional summer socials circa 1900. There will be a square dance, box supper and ice cream social. Local musicians who perform weekly on the Crooked Road circuit will provide music. A professional caller will guide visitors through the basic moves in square dancing. At intermission, there will be a traditional cake walk, giving folks a chance to win home baked cakes. Local fiber artists will demonstrate spinning, weaving and/or quilting and offer wares for sale, and offer a chance for visitors to try their hands at one or more activities.

Civil War Living History:  Saturday, August 29, from 9am - 9pm, & Sunday, August 30, from 9am - 3pm

This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the re-enactors.

Arts Council Quilt Show: September 12, 2015, 10am - 4pm

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.

Harvest Day: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10am-4pm

 A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm - many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided.