Tennessee’s oldest community is set to celebrate its storied history Saturday with a day filled with family friendly activities all geared toward recognizing the heritage of Boones Creek.
In its second year, Boones Creek Day will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Potters Gallery, 2362 Boones Creek Road.
Edward Bowman, a member of the Boones Creek Historical Trust, said the event is all about recognizing the community’s history, which shares its beginnings with famous frontiersman Daniel Boone.
“Boones Creek is the oldest community in Tennessee. In 1760, Daniel Boone came through, shot a bear and carved his initials in a tree in a place called Sugar Hollow. He camped all over the area there,” he said.
Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes bluegrass music from Rockingham Road and the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band.
In addition to music, festivalgoers can visit the more than 30 craftspeople to see everything from beadwork and pottery to photography and jewelry. A petting zoo with Limestone Llamas, wool demonstrations and antique spinning wheels will also be featured.
Tours of the historic Clark House that now houses the Potters Gallery will also be given at noon and 3 p.m. The house was built in 1896, according to Bowman, and is one of the oldest houses in the Boones Creek community.
The home was built by Dr. Joseph Lee Clark, Bowman’s great-grandfather, who spent many years working as a physician, teacher, principal and Justice of the Peace in the area.
Response from the community has been supportive, and Bowman said he expects this year’s turnout to surpass last year’s numbers.
“It’s gotten more supportive this year. Last year, we only had a couple of sponsors, but this year we have 18 sponsors. Response has really been good,” he said.
The historical trust organizes the event. The group consists of about 150 members and aims to preserve and protect the history and memorabilia of the area.
For more information on the trust, visit www.boonescreektrust.org.