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Winter Heritage Festival
January 29-31, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend TN

FREE classes and presentations by Cades Cove Preservation Association at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium along with two Cast Iron Meals and a Church Service with Gospel Music.

Friday, January 29, 2016
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Bear Management and Bear Human Interaction, Bill Stiver, Wildlife biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Tuckaleechee Cove and the migration of The Myers Family, Marilyn Myers Byrd, Townsend resident and local historian

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – “Famous Cast Iron Chefs” Dinner, Blount County Fire Department, suggested donation $10.00 for “Coats for Our Community”, weather permitting – bring a coat.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – John Oliver’s Long Rifle, Baxter Bean, Stephen Weber, a descendant of the first permanent settler in Cades Cove will present the history of the long rifle owned by his grandfather

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – History of the Great Smoky Mountains, Allen Croggins, local author of several books about the Great Smoky Mountains, will discuss his books and the history of the region

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Humor in the Smokies and Its Residents, Charles Maynard, a Methodist minister and story teller and former director of Friends of the Smokies

Saturday, January 30, 2016
10:00 am – 11:00 am – The Myers’ Family History and its Role in the Heritage of the Smokies
Andrew H. Myers, Jr., Genealogist

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Pioneers, Patriots, and Presbyterians: The Scots-Irish in the Southern Mountains, Mark Davidson, Pellissippi State Community College Professor, Appalachian Region Course and retired educator with the Blount County school system

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Local stories of the people of the Smokies, Vic Weals, Jr., who traveled with his father, late Vic Weals Sr., (a well known newspaper columnist) who interviewed residents for his newspaper stories

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – The Stories of Sherman Myers and Golman Myers, Bernard Myers, a Cades Cove native, will share humorous stories about his uncle Sherman Myers. Bernard was recently featured on WBIR-TV talking about the Pearl Harbor tree his father, the later Golman Myers, planted on Dec. 7, 1941

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – The Humor in Life in Cades Cove, Panel of Descendants from Cades Cove

Sunday, January 31, 2016 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Cast Iron Breakfast, $5.00 each, call to reserve a meal – (865) 448-0044

10:00 am – 12:00pm – Church Service and Gospel Music, Message by Elder Ronnie Whitehead, a descendant of Whitehead and other families of the Great Smoky Mountains and Music by Ray Ball Family Singers



Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

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