Sorghum & Scutching Festival: Tipton-Haynes announces date for event

5:50 pm | September 19, 2011

The public is invited to an open house featuring the new permanent exhibit, “O Beautiful Land of the Mountains,” the annual Sorghum & Scutching Festival, and a special photography exhibit by Jeffrey Stoner, “An Opportunity for a Dream,” in the temporary gallery.


This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City.


Visitors will have the opportunity to observe sorghum cane being processed into molasses using a mule-powered mill. Those who want to help strip cane and participate in the process are welcome. Visitors can also watch as flax is broken on a flax brake, the outer layer removed using a scutching board and knife, and then pulling the fibers through a hackle to produce long fibers that can be spun into linen thread. There will also be a number of autumn activities to enjoy, including apple butter and cider making, open hearth cooking, and other historic-based crafts. Old-time music will serenade visitors as they tour the historic buildings. Soup beans, corn bread, and home-made fried apple pies will be available for a small fee.


Tipton-Haynes is located in south Johnson City at 2620 S. Roan St.


For additional information, please call 926-3631.

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