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tonya@travellersrestplantation.org  615-832-8197 ext. 15


Come on out to Travellers Rest for our annual Trades Festival! Step back in time to 200 plus years ago and watch history come alive through the work of over thirty talented artisans and re-enactors.

Converse with a Civil War soldier, or learn the art of hat making…maybe even discover what a flintknapper does! Period demonstrators and re-enactors include basket weaving, spinning, weaving, civil war and frontier life plus much, much more.

A wealth of hands-on activities await such as clothes warshin’, thaumatropes, rolling hoops, quill pen writing, doll making, candle dipping, corn grinding and perhaps a few surprises.

Picnic lunches are welcome…so you can sit for a spell or visit with us all day! Come on out and experience Nashville’s oldest historic house where every day is alive with history!

This event is generously funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Twisted Tennessee will feature six living history vignettes that relate differing sides to three creepy and twisted Tennessee tales. Visitors will be take a guided journey from one vignette to the next, hearing the two sides to each tale, interacting with historical characters and coming to their own conclusions about the “truth” of the stories heard.  At the end of their journey, they will seek respite in our Two-Tales Tavern where they can enjoy apple cider (of the soft variety) and ginger snaps while discussing their thoughts on the truth of the tales they’ve heard.  There will also be 18th century murder ballads performed at the Two-Tales Tavern and storytelling.


Join us for a uniquely historical holiday workshop to make your own goose feather Christmas tree! Considered the first artificial Christmas tree, feather trees were created in Germany in the late 1800s and made their way to popularity in America by the early 20th century. The trees, with branches made from goose feathers, created a solution to deforestation in Germany and soon began making their way to America with German immigrants. Not long after, with WWI shortages, the feather tree became a common sight in homes across America and even began to be manufactured state side. The availability of feather trees in the Sears catalog starting in 1913 grew their popularity even more.

Fabric artist, Anne Ramsey has researched the construcion of traditional feather trees and will share her knowledge in a workshop on November 4th at Historic Travellers Rest. All supplies will be provided by the instructor. Students will learn the technique of constructing the branches from dyed goose feathers. The end product will be a 21″ tall feather tree, with a cedar branch base, and three tiers of branches. This class is best suited for adults with at moderate and above small motor coordination in both hands. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch on your own.

Registration is required. Please contact Tonya Staggs with any questions or to register for this workshop at tonya@travellersrestplantation.org or 615-832-8197 ext. 15.