True Southern hospitality had its humble beginnings with Smoky Mountain pioneer women. Everyone was always fed and friends and family always had a place to stay and visit. What little they had they gave graciously. The mountain women ran the home, worked hard for what they had and cared for everyone in the household. The national park staff and volunteers will perform live demonstrations of lye soap making, sewing, corn shuck crafts, hearth cooking, and traditional mountain music. Exhibits of artifacts and historic photographs will also be on display offering a glimpse of the past life of the mountain women. The Davis-Queen house will also be open to visitors, including an audio exhibit featuring the last child born in the house.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a very special event honoring the traditions of rural Appalachian Mountain women on June 15, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. The event will be held at the Mountain Farm Museum located next to the national park’s Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Newfound Gap Road, U.S. Highway 441), 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. This event is free and open to the public.
There are often seen Bull Elk in the field beside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Make sure to watch for these magnificent creatures!