New Tenn. antiques show will benefit Museum of Appalachia

NORRIS, Tenn. – “Days of the Pioneers,” a premier antique show and sale, will make its debut this fall at the Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

The Sept. 14-15 “Days of the Pioneers” show will support the Museum of Appalachia and exhibits like Mark Twain’s cabin. Photo courtesy the Museum of Appalachia.

Elaine Meyer, president of the museum, said, “This show is truly a one-of-a-kind event and is slated to be one of the best antique shows in the country. With the 65-acre Museum of Appalachia as a backdrop, attendees can experience the museum which houses thousands of early American artifacts in their natural setting, and then have the opportunity to purchase similar items from scores of outstanding dealers who will be here from across the country.”

Jill Peterson, publisher of A Simple Life magazine and a nationally known collector and purveyor of primitive antiques, is sponsoring the show with the proceeds benefiting the museum. “The Museum of Appalachia is the purest museum of its kind. It is everything we antique dealers love,” Peterson added.

The show is set for Sept. 14-15 and will feature the finest selection of 18th and 19th century American antiques from 60 of the nation’s premium dealers.

The Sept. 14-15 “Days of the Pioneers” show will support the Museum of Appalachia and exhibits like Mark Twain’s cabin. Photo courtesy the Museum of Appalachia.

During the show, traditional craftsmen will be on the grounds demonstrating their various and centuries-old talents.

The venue will also provide mountain music in different locations on the grounds while other areas will highlight Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress.

Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or online at www.museumofappalachia.org; they will also be available at the gate both days of the show.

Admission includes a tour of the extensive farm, village and exhibit buildings, which are surrounded by split rail fences and filled with thousands of authentic Appalachian artifacts.

The Museum also offers a large gift shop with hand-made items from regional artisans. A small cafe provides “home-cooked” meals, featuring fresh-from-our-garden vegetables and delicious home-made desserts prepared daily.

This cantilever barn – a now-endangered type of building – was moved to the Museum of Appalachia grounds for protection and preservation. Photo courtesy the Museum of Appalachia.

The Museum of Appalachia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Appalachian history through the artifacts our ancestors left behind. Memberships are available, providing a year of visits, admission to special museum events (including discounted admission to the Days of the Pioneer Antique Show) as well as membership in the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Appalachia is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75 at Exit 122.

For more information on the museum and its special events, call 865-494-7680 or visit the Museum of Appalachia online.

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