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Horace Kephart

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Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to establish the Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Read more

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Proceeds go towards the care of the farm’s animals and the continuing restoration and preservation of the farm. Read more

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Marble Springs State Historic site is the farm and last remaining home of John Sevier. Read more

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The two-day event features more than 60 of the nation’s leading dealers, offering 18th and 19th century antiques. Read more

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Artists to Leave Their Mark on the Fairgrounds Read more

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Both nights will include some of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams, as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, bagpipes, spoons, saws and folk ensembles. Read more

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Bring a comfy chair, sit in the shade of the large performance tent, and enjoy the sounds of East Tennessee musical history. Read more

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Also attending is Jaki Shelton Green, the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Read more

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The story of Smokey Bear began during World War II. Read more

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Antiques specialists David Case, Merikay Waldvogel and James Hooper will also lead a special museum tour. Read more

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The Manhattan Project National Historical Park preserves the history and tells the story of the birth of the atomic age in America. Read more

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The mountains stand eternal, a witness to history. Sometimes a fading gray historical marker will dot the landscape in an effort to inform motorists of people and events someone wishes remembered. Read more

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Preserving Appalachia

KC Wildmoon

I’m a lover of history, of the mountains, of the ridges and valleys of Appalachia where I spent my first 18 years. So a trip to the Museum of Appalachia to write about its 50th anniversary, well, that was just right up my alley. Read more

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Life in the Great Smokies in the 19th century and during the pre-Park days of the 20th century might justifiably be described as arduous, hardscrabble, marginal, or demanding. Read more

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Marty Stuart is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through the revealing photographs he has taken. Read more

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The festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian countries and areas such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Read more

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Sherman Yang

Learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a group setting. Read more

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The space station can often be seen flying over, if the orbit times up with dark sky moments. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Read more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. Read more

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