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5:43 p.m. June 16, 2015
National Park to host Women's Work Festival

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Volunteer Norma Idom tells visitors about canning and preserving. Image courtesy of the National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its annual Women’s Work Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, June 20. This festival honors the vast contributions made by the women of Southern Appalachian and showcases life ways that women used to keep their families going in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and all activities are free.

As part of the celebration, demonstrations among the historic buildings will include hearth cooking, soap making, cornshuck crafts, and sewing. Exhibits of artifacts and historic photographs will also provide a glimpse into the many and varied roles of rural women. The Davis-Queen house will be open for visitors to walk through with an audio exhibit featuring the last child born in the house. This event provides families with a chance not only to see into the past, but also participate, through hands-on activities of traditional southern Appalachia.

In addition to the Women's Work Festival activities, visitors will also be treated to a music jam session on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Music jam sessions are held every first and third Saturday of the month on the porch from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All activities are free to the public. The Mountain Farm Museum is located on Newfound Gap Road adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. For additional information call the visitor center at 828-497-1904.

Published June 16, 2015

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