The Friends of Land Between the Lakes is sponsoring the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm Trades Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area at 4512 The Trace in Dover, Tennessee.
Traditional trade workers and craftspeople will share knowledge of vanishing folk art skills. Admission is $5 for those 13 and older, $3 ages 5 to 12, and free for those 4 and under.
When few things were manufactured, people relied on their skills to produce everything from knitted socks to horseshoes. Local historical tradeworkers and craftspeople will share their skills and knowledge of these lost folk arts. Handcrafted items will be available for purchase.
Children can learn about the traditional arts and trades by participating in the Children's Trades Fair.
Families can get a booklet that helps their children better understand life in the 1850s. Children may talk to tradeworkers and craftspeople to help them answer questions in the activity book or participate in an activity.
This year, children will learn about the 1850 communication trade, discovering how people communicated without smartphones and iPads.
Trades and demonstrations will include an old-time grist mill, a 19th century traveling artist, early native pottery making, an author and folk artist, fancy tatted lace-making, fine hand-knitting and -crocheting, honey products and beekeeping, soapmaking and basket making.
The Homeplace staff will demonstrate broom making, flint knapping and quilting. Land Between the Lakes Heritage staff will offer an archaeology activity.
Food will be available for purchase from Brandon Spring Group Center, and the Hitching Post and Country Store will sell ice cream.
Fourth-grade students can go to 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.