National Park Hosts “Women’s Work” Event

National Park staff and volunteers will pay tribute to rural women of the past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The park will pay tribute to these women through demonstrations of traditional women’s work. The day recognizes the many contributions of the region’s rural women by providing an opportunity to experience the past and to actively take part in the traditions of the southern Appalachia through hands on activities.

As part of the celebration, demonstrations among the historic Mountain Home buildings will include hearth cooking, soap making, cornshuck crafts, sewing, and traditional mountain music. Exhibits of artifacts and historic photographs will also provide a glimpse into the many and varied roles of rural women. The Davis-Queen house will be open of visitors to walk through with an audio exhibit featureing the last child born in the house.

All event activities are free. The Mountain Farm Museum is located on Newfound Gap Road adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 828.497.1904.

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