Rocky Mount museum to celebrate ‘Spirit of the Harvest’ Saturday

10:00 am | October 17, 2012

Rocky Mount Living History Museum will celebrate the Spirit of the Harvest this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to Living History tours of the Cobb home, outdoor demonstrations will feature blacksmithing, hearth-side cooking, apple butter making and apple cider pressing. New this year is the salt-making demonstration by Jim Bordwine of Saltville, Va.

European settlers first came to the Saltville area around 1750 and started the salt industry soon after discovering the huge body of salt under their feet. Before refrigeration, salt was of the utmost importance for preservation of food. During the Civil War, Saltville was producing salt for all the southern states. In 1864 alone, $100 million worth of salt was sold, even with two battles fought in the valley that year. Salt is still being produced in Saltville.

Between 1-3 p.m., storytelling and music programs will be held in Rocky Mount’s theater. Featured performers are MaryGrace Walrath, member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, and Trae McMaken, fiddler and storyteller. Walrath also belongs to the Tennessee Storytelling Association and the National Storytelling Network. More information about Walrath can be found at

McMaken is an adjunct professor in the prestigious Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program at ETSU. Funds from the National Park Service are providing for McMaken’s performance, which will focus on the story of the Overmountain Men and their victory at Kings Mountain. For more information on McMaken music and storytelling career, visit

Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up. Admission to the newly renovated museum is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children. As always, admission to both events is free for members. Craft classes of corn-shuck dolls and candle dipping will be offered for an additional $2 per craft. For more information call 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

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