Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Mountain Life Festival on September 17 | Come Celebrate the Harvest!
It’s fall harvest time at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2016. From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts the annual Mountain Life Festival at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center’s Mountain Farm Museum near Cherokee, North Carolina.
The Mountain Farm Museum comes to life each fall with demonstrations of everyday pioneer activities like lye soap making, blacksmithing, apple butter making, chair bottoming, hearth cooking, and the ever-popular making of sorghum molasses. This sweet nectar has been made the same way for over 100 years with a horse or mule-powered cane mill and an open hearth wood-fired cooker. All activities are free and the public is invited to enjoy an autumn day on the farm!
The Mountain Life Festival reflects the spirit of cooperation among families in the rural southern Appalachian Mountains. Historic photographs and artifacts from the GSMNP collection will be on display for all to enjoy and reflect on our mountain heritage.
Enjoy an old-fashioned music jam session from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. These jam sessions are held every first and third Saturday of the month.