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Rocky Mount Museum celebrates season with Spirit of the Harvest

October 16th, 2011 5:23 pm by staff report

Spirit of the Harvest, Rocky Mount’s annual celebration of the harvest season of the Cobb family and the other early settlers of Tennessee, will also feature storytelling, the grand opening of the newly renovated museum galleries as well as a book signing by a local author.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Passing through the door of William Cobb’s home, visitors step back in time to the year 1791. During Spirit of the Harvest, there will be a number of demonstrations and craft classes related to fall. Blacksmiths will be in the blacksmith shop, and volunteers and staff will make apple butter and apple cider. Between 1 and 2:30 p.m., members of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will tell stories appropriate for all ages. Tours of the Cobb home will be available.

Also on Saturday, Rocky Mount will open its newly-renovated museum galleries with new exhibits. Local author Joe Tennis will sign copies of his latest book, “Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol,” which explores the story of the Lost State of Franklin and places named for Benjamin Franklin in Virginia and Tennessee.

It follows the comical mystery of what happened to the lost capital building of the Lost State of Franklin in Tennessee. Characters search for clues in Bluff City, Hungry Mother State Park, Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, Greeneville, Dollywood, Knoxville, Erwin, Jonesborough, and along the Crooked Road. The illustrated book features a pick-your-own-plot format, with readers determining which way the characters should go.

A Virginia Beach native, Tennis joined the Bristol Herald Courier in 1993 after a stint at the Kingsport Times-News. He’s also the author of “Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands,” “Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See” and “Beach to Bluegrass: Places to Brake on Virginia’s Longest Road.”

Rocky Mount is located at 200 Hyder Hill Road in Piney Flats.

Admission to Spirit of the Harvest is $5 for ages 5 and up, and free for members of the Rocky Mount Historical Association. Candle making will be offered for an additional $2, with pumpkin painting for $4.

For more information call (423) 538-7396 or (888) 538-1791.

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