Marble Springs Historic Site will be hosting a weekend of Living History in celebration of the first governor of Tennessee. John Sevier Days Living History Weekend will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 12 noon. to 5 P.M. You can expect to enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking; spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations, which will showcase tomahawks and period-appropriate firearms; tours of the historic buildings; 18th century style militia drills; and regional craft demonstrations. Food, drinks, and special treats!
Special guest Bill Landry will be available from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. on Sept. 23 to discuss and sign his book, Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures. Landry is the host, narrator, and co-producer of the four-time Emmy award-winning The Heartland Series.
Please join us with your family and friends and enjoy an early autumn festival to kick off a memorable fall season at Marble Springs!
Admission $5.00 per car; Parking is free.
All activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.
For more information please call (865) 573-5508 or visit us online at www.marblesprings.net. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
Marble Springs is operated by the Gov. John Sevier Memorial Association (GJSMA), a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the memory of John Sevier and his way of life. A membership booth will be setup at the festival for anyone interested in GJSMA. Benefits of GJSMA membership include, a ten percent Trading Post discount, newsletters and updates about the site, program announcements and VIP invitations to special events. Funds raised assist GJSMA in providing affordable educational programming and preservation of the historic site.
John Sevier was born on Sept 23rd 1745. He became Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. John Sevier obtained the property in the late 1780s. The farm was named Marble Springs after the springs located on the property that flowed throughout the year, as well as the “Tennessee Rose” marble deposits that surrounded the area. The main house was completed in the late 1790’s. Today Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s house, a tavern, loom house, spring house, slave quarters, and trading post. Marble Springs was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.