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Ames Plantation hosts 20th Annual Heritage Festival



On Saturday, Oct. 14, thousands of visitors will flock to the 20th annual Heritage Festival on the grounds of the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction. The festival features plenty of history, culture, art, music, food, and hands-on activities for all ages.
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Discover what life was like for early Tennessee settlers at the 20th annual Heritage Festival hosted by Ames Plantation and University of Tennessee AgResearch. On Saturday, Oct. 14, more than 150 historical interpreters, artists, and crafters will recreate life in the 1800s through music, folk art, and special skill demonstrations.

During the festival, most activities take place in Ames’ Heritage Village – a replica of a 19th century settlement that includes several log cabins, a one-room school, and the nationally renowned Stencil House. From the village, it’s a short stroll to a reproduction of a Civil War camp, where visitors can watch artillery demonstrations performed by re-enactors in period dress.

Other features returning this year include storytelling in the schoolhouse, an archeological demonstration at an antebellum site, horseshoeing, mule logging, woodcarving, Native American culture, and historic cemetery interpretation. Young visitors especially enjoy hands-on activities such as cotton picking, goat milking, and creating vintage crafts.

Heritage Festival-goers can also shop quality handmade goods like soaps, quilts, brooms, jewelry, and home décor items created by local folk artists. Music was an important part of the region’s history, therefore string, gospel, and blues bands from across the Mid-South will perform throughout the festival on two different outside stages.

The Heritage Festival is a family friendly event that will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 4 to 16, and free for ages 3 and under.

For more information about the Heritage Festival, including directions, visit their Facebook page,, or call 901-878-1067.

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