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Make a corn shuck doll or tour historic sites with SW Va. Museum

Stephen Igo • Aug 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

BIG STONE GAP — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park offers a corn shuck doll workshop and a bus tour of pioneer forts this month.

The museum continues its 2017 Artisan Series of programs with the August theme of Corn Shuck Dolls, taught by Brittony Beason. The Corn Shuck Doll workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 in the museum’s Victorian Parlor.

Beason has been an interpretive ranger at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park for six years. She and her family are talented artisans. Her father, Joey, is an accomplished storyteller and toymaker, and her mother, Tammie, produces beautiful textiles. The Beasons enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with others to keep the traditions of Appalachia alive.

The fee for the workshop is $15 per person. All supplies and materials are included. Spaces are limited so register early by calling (276) 523-1322. The museum’s Artisan Series offers a craft project on the third Monday of every month from March through December to provide visitors with opportunities to create handmade crafts with regional artisans.

Also this month the museum will sponsor The Adventures of History: Forts of the Clinch bus tour. Regional historian and author Dr. Lawrence Fleenor will lead a daylong tour through the Clinch Valley from 8 a.m.-6 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Participants will travel to Fort Blackmore, Moore’s Fort, Castle’s Wood and other historic sites, following the path of the region’s early pioneers and discovering the alternate route to the Wilderness Road.

Seating is limited so call early to reserve a spot. The cost is $25 per person. Participants may purchase lunch at Romano’s or pack their own lunch. For more information about the tour or to register, call the museum at (276) 523-1322.

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