You thought Townsend was always the “quiet side” of the Smokies? Not on Old Timer’s Day and the Fall Heritage Festival in September! This is a treasured traditional event that the city of Townsend holds at the Townsend Visitors Center on the end of September.

From https://www.fairsandfestivals.net: “[This] event will be held on September 29-30, 2017 at the Townsend Visitors Center. It celebrates the traditional music, Appalachian skills, crafts, and heritage of Townsend, East Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains. There will be fun-filled activities such as clogging, bluegrass music concerts, jam sessions on the porch, demonstrations of cornmeal making, sorghum molasses making, blacksmithing, apple butter, basketry, spinning, weaving, and quilting. There is an antique tractor show. Enjoy tales of the mountains from guest storytellers. Arts and crafts booths will include woodworking, jewelry, pottery, hand-sewing, and painting.”

It’s like going back in time to when it was the Old Timers’ “day”, as it were, with all the arts and music being revitalized for modern audiences during this time. A great way to honor our past and celebrate our heritage! See more on Townsend Tourism at https://www.smokymountains.org/.