From Staff Reports
Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City will host the 10th annual André Michaux Day Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event honors Michaux, a famous French botanist of the 1700s who traveled throughout Northeast Tennessee and stayed with Col. John Tipton in the spring of 1795 and again in 1796. This legendary 18th century botanist spent nearly 11 years exploring in America and was the first botanist to travel to Tennessee. The day begins with “Breakfast with the Birds” at 8 a.m. with members of the Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society as they identify birds found on the site. The walk will be led by Bryan Stevens.
Coffee, juice and muffins will be available for early guests.
At 10:30 a.m., Michaux scholar Charlie Williams will present details of the journey in Tennessee that Michaux documented in his journal. Most of his travel routes became major roadways, and a number of the places he visited in 1795 and 1796 are today historic sites, historic districts or parks.
Children will have hands-on activities between 10 a.m. and noon, such as producing a sheet of recycled paper, making a leaf rubbing, learning about worms and composting and planting a seed to take home.
After the presentation by Williams, participants can take a walk on the site’s André Michaux Trail and view the hundreds of blooming trout lilies and other spring flowers. The historic buildings will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is in South Johnson City, 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City. Admission is free.
A suggested donation of $2 per person will support the gardens of the site. For more information, call 926-3631.