14th annual Winter Heritage Festival happening Jan. 25-26

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It felt like spring there for a while, but winter is back and with it, the 14th annual Winter Heritage Festival in Townsend. 

Jeff Muir with the Blount County Partnership and Stephen Weber with the Cades Cove Preservation Association stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to talk about the upcoming event. 

The 14th annual Winter Heritage Festival will offer attendees a first-hand look inside the cultural traditions, heritage and history of the Appalachian region.

The festival offers an intimate, insider’s look into Cades Cove and the surrounding area with songs, stories and accounts of the region and its heritage from the people that lived the history and who have expertise on a wide range of topics.

There will also be several speakers and presenters: 

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mike Aday  Librarian/Archives at the GSM Collections and Preservation Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – Richard Anderson, CCPA Board Member and Treasurer, “The Brown and Anderson families of Cades Cove”
  • 1:00 p.m. – Larry Sparks, former resident of Cades Cove, “The History of the Trails and Roads in and out of  Cades Cove”
  • 2:00 p.m. – Marilyn Byrd, Townsend native and former Blount County teacher, “The History of the Myers Cemetery”
  • 3:00 p.m. – Mark Davidson, Teacher and educator of Appalachian History, “Climate on the Crags: Weather Events in the Southern Mountains” 

The festival is happening Jan. 25-26 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 

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