The Friends of Land Between the Lakes will host "Quilts, Coverlets and Comforters: Keeping Warm in the 1850s" at the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Discover the rich textile traditions of an 1850 farm, including the bed coverings that kept a farm family warm at night. From quilting bees, weaving looms and knitting needles, farm women made a wide variety of bed coverings with homegrown fibers.
Step back in time and join the quilting bee and learn the difference between a quilt, coverlet and comforter. Treasured 1850-era and reproduced quilts and coverlets will be on display in the parlor. Children can learn to weave a "paper" blanket, and the whole family can explore 15 historic buildings and meet the heritage-breed farm animals.
Programming also includes:
• Trapping Dinner, 10 a.m. to noon -- From snares to rabbit boxes, come learn about the different methods for getting wild game in the 1850s.
• Forging the Past: A Farm Blacksmith Shop, 1-3 p.m. -- A blacksmith shop on the farm in 1850 provided the farmer with a means to make and repair his farming tools.
Programs are included with general admission; ages 13 and up $5, ages 5-12 $3, and ages 4 and under free.
Fourth-grade students can go to https://everykidinapark.gov/ to receive a free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free.
For more information, call the Homeplace at 931-232-6457. The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm is located at 4512 The Trace, Dover, Tennessee.