The public is invited to an open house featuring the new permanent exhibit, “O Beautiful Land of the Mountains,” the annual Sorghum & Scutching Festival, and a special photography exhibit by Jeffrey Stoner, “An Opportunity for a Dream,” in the temporary gallery.
Visitors will have the opportunity to observe sorghum cane being processed into molasses using a mule-powered mill. Those who want to help strip cane and participate in the process are welcome. Visitors can also watch as flax is broken on a flax brake, the outer layer removed using a scutching board and knife, and then pulling the fibers through a hackle to produce long fibers that can be spun into linen thread. There will also be a number of autumn activities to enjoy, including apple butter and cider making, open hearth cooking, and other historic-based crafts. Old-time music will serenade visitors as they tour the historic buildings. Soup beans, corn bread, and home-made fried apple pies will be available for a small fee.
Tipton-Haynes is located in south Johnson City at 2620 S. Roan St.
For additional information, please call 926-3631.