Sunday, September 30, 2007

Exchange Place

This weekend is the 35th Fall Folk Arts Festival at the Exchange Place in Kingsport, TN. Located on the grounds of a 1850s farm, the festival features traditional crafts, demonstrations, living-history reenactments, horse rides, and all sorts of other activities. Today is the final day (Noon to 5 pm) - Admission is only $1!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Exchange Place is a restored farm complex of ten buildings including the main house, schoolroom, smokehouse, kitchen, store and blacksmith shop. The narrow gravel lane running through the property is the original "Old Stage Road," which ran from Virginia to Knoxville. The farm's name derives from its function as a stagecoach stop where horses and state currencies were exchanged. It's open seasonally (May thru October) with limited regular hours: Saturday and Sundays 2pm to 4:30pm. Check their website for upcoming special events for Halloween and Christmas.

Directions: From John B. Dennis Highway (Highway 93), take the Orebank Road exit and travel east (away from town) 1 1/2 miles - the Exchange Place will be on your left. Click here for map.

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