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Land Between the Lakes’ Homeplace 1850s Trades Fair set for Labor Day Weekend

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm will host a Trades Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Traditional trades and crafts people will share knowledge of vanishing folk art skills. Admission is $5.00 ages 13 and older, $3.00 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes. (Kelly Best Bennett)
The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes. (Kelly Best Bennett)

“Our annual 1850s Trades Fair offers fun activities for all ages. The event doubles as an open market for talented folk artists, crafts people, and merchant traders wishing to sell their wares and keep these skills and traditions alive for generations to come,” explains Cindy Earls, Homeplace Lead Interpreter.

Children can participate in the Children’s Trades Fair by learning to make a clay pot, hauling a maul, talking to trades people and answering questions in an activity booklet. Kids can explore the farm, play with dolls, “cluck” at chickens, and “oink” at pigs. Adults can join in too!

The Homeplace farm family will demonstrate spinning yarn, wood working, and blacksmithing throughout the weekend. At 11:00am and 2:00pm, staff will be cooking a few favorite bread recipes from the Homeplace History and Receipt Book on a wood stove in the Double Pen House kitchen.

Blacksmithing demonstrations will be 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. The Dixie Volunteers will play old-time music from 1:30pm-2:30pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm.

Trades and demonstrations include:

  • 19th Century Sketch Art
  • Baker
  • Corn Shuck Doll Making
  • Early American Indian Pottery Making
  • Fancy Tatted Lace Making
  • Fine Hand Knitting and Crocheting
  • General Store
  • Hand-carved Mandolins
  • Homemade Breads and Baked Goods
  • Honey Products and Bee Keeping
  • Photography

For more information about the Homeplace Trades Fair, go to www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/homeplace-1850s-trades-fair/2016-09-03

To access more information about the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us or call toll-free at 1.800.LBL.7077 or local at 270.924.2000.

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