Cradle of Forestry to debut old-time skills and new ecology exhibits

Cultural heritage demonstrations will kick-off the new season for The Cradle of Forestry in America on Saturday, April 12, along with a debut of new exhibits.

David and Diane Burnette of Haywood County will be plowing the Cradle’s vegetable garden with their Percheron draft horses. Other living history interpreters stationed at historic buildings will showcase woodcarving, candle-making and other old-time skills.

Keep an eye out for several new exhibits. Changing Climate, Changing Forests explains what climate change means for forests, and Fire in the Forest traces fire’s use as a tool, from American Indians to today’s land managers. An art exhibit, Painting Western North Carolina by the Mixed Nuts plein aire artists, will be displayed through the end of May along the Cradle’s Gallery in the Woods. 

The Cradle of Forestry is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through fall, with living history demonstrations and special events happening regularly. $5 for adults and free for children 16 and under.     

Located on U.S. 276 four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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