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Don’t miss the Civil War Reenactment in Pigeon Forge!

The hills surrounding Pigeon Forge will rumble with the concussion of artillery fire Saturday, August, 25 and Sunday, August, 26   when Civil War re-enactors will fire a canon from the era for “Thunder in the Forge” at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center located at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

America’s most famous Confederate, H.K. Edgarton, poses with Mary Todd Lincoln at the 2011 Relics Show.

The two-day event is an opportunity for Civil War enthusiasts to meet re-enactors, visit a Civil war camp site and experience living history at an encampment. Visitors can meet members of Our Reflections of Yesterday who will portray persona from the era including Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, General Stonewall Jackson and many others.

  Thousands of relics from theCivil War era will be on display for purchase including guns, knives, bullets, and other artifacts. Collectors are encouraged to bring any historical artifacts they may have to sell or trade.

  Noted author Col. Tom McKenny, author of “Jack Hinson: One Man War, Civil War Sniper” will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his book.   

    McKenny’s book is the true account of a Knoxville famer whose sons were murdered by invading Union soldiers despite the fact the two young men were civilians and not involved in the conflict. Hinson sought retribution with a one man campaign to exact revenge on the men who killed his sons. He began a series of well executed and expertly coordinated sniper attacks on the Union forces killing several.

    McKenny will tell the story. Hinson’s guns, which are the property of Judge Ben McFarlin, will be on display.

This Confederate battle flag was on display at the 2011 Relics show and valued at $300,000.

The artillery exhibition will be presented by the 63rd Tennessee Infantry.

   The event begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Doors will reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday morning and the show ends at 3 p.m.

   Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.

   For further information contact Lynn Hammond at southerncross1861 @gmail.com.

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend 2012 – Shop & Stay in the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!At first glance “sales tax holiday” doesn’t sound very exciting. After all, when are taxes EVER exciting? But if you look closer, you’ll realize that this is a holiday FROM sales tax!! The Smokies offer tons of shopping anyway, for those shop-a-holics out there… and on tax-free weekend every year, shop-a-holics come from far and wide to enjoy that statewide discount here in the Smokies! This year, tax-free weekend is August 3-5, 2012. There are more places to shop here than I could possibly put on one blog, but here are a few of our favorites!

The Village ShopsThe Village Shops– “For Gatlinburg Shopping at its best, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stop light #6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lays one of the Smokies most unique destination shopping experiences in Gatlinburg near Pigeon Forge, TN. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint European village atmosphere right near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Baskins Square MallBaskins Square Mall Gatlinburg– Baskins Square Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 14 shops from Claires, to Mountain Woodcarvers, to the Mountain Edge Grill! Come on down!

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”

Reagan Terrace MallReagan Terrace Mall– Reagan Terrace Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 13 shops from Midieval Blades, to Old Timey Photos, to Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies! Don’t miss out!

Tanger Outlet MallTanger Outlet– The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Incredible Christmas PlaceIncredible Christmas Place– “[They] are the South’s largest Christmas village, surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Christmas spirit comes to life [ther] daily with over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees, novelty Christmas Lights, Department 56 Villages, Personalized Ornaments, and custom floral arrangements designed exclusively at The Incredible Christmas Place.”

Belz Factory Outlet WorldBelz Factory Outlet World– “Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge are the largest, most convenient and only climate-controlled outlet shopping highlight in the area. We feature more than 65 outlet stores offering everything from apparel and footwear to homes goods and fragrance.”

The Old Mill SquareThe Old Mill Square– “The Old Mill Square complex of restaurants, bakery, pottery and craft shops is more of a total destination than a single stop among an abundance of area tourist attractions, certainly as much so as the Tanger Factory Outlet Malls, or Dollywood, or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.”

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet MallPigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall– “Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, also known as the “Red Roof Mall,” is a wonderful opportunity for exceptional outlet shopping when you are in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Sevierville areas. Our stores offer a variety of products and factory outlet experiences. From perfumes to snacking and from clothing to books and tools, we have it all for low prices you can’t beat.”

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