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Avery County Heritage Fest

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Uncle John discovered that a little curiosity about life in general can be stimulating, while a lot of curiosity about your neighbors life can be a down right emotional experience.

- Frank Vance -

 

This year’s Heritage Festival will be in Newland on the Square. Hours 10am-4pm. Contact Cindy Peters for details: 828-765-4787.

                                                      

 

 

 
 

Family Tents fill Newland Square each one filled with old photographs, letters and family trees of many of Avery County's early pioneer families. 

Looking for that old photograph of your great-great grandmother?  Want to know what your great-great grandpa bought at his local store?  Well there's a good chance you can find what you're looking for if your ancestors came from the area around Avery County.  Its a genealogist's paradise and if you're not into your family history you're still sure to find something of interest at the annual Avery County Heritage Fest.

 

 

 

 

Who ya kin to?

 

Family Tents fill Newland Square each one filled with old photographs, letters and family trees of many of Avery County's early pioneer families. 

Looking for that old photograph of your great-great grandmother?  Want to know what your great-great grandpa bought at his local store?  Well there's a good chance you can find what you're looking for if your ancestors came from the area around Avery County.  Its a genealogist's paradise and if you're not into your family history you're still sure to find something of interest at the annual Avery County Heritage Fest.

 

Origionally held the first Saturday in June in Newland Square, the Avery County Heritage Fest was started in 1998 as a way to celebrate the heritage and families of Avery and other local counties.   At the same time, it helps families in their genealogy searches and offers researchers a way to share their information with others.  Sponsored by the Avery County Historical Society and the Avery County Museum, it features local crafters, authors and entertainers, which bring back local history and traditions. 

Families set up booths with displays of their family history.  There are notebooks filled with old family history and information.  Photographs of long ago ancestors, some dating before the Civil War are proudly hung and shared with others.  Family tents from past years have included Buchanan, Burleson, Childs, Cornett, Crowe, Farmer, Franklin, Garland, Goforth, Grindstaff, Shell, Stewart, Suddereth, Trivitt, Vance, Watson and Wiseman.  

 

Many local authors who have written about the local history or their family history are also set up with their books for purchase and signing.  Past authors include Dr. Lloyd Bailey, Michael Joslin, Maggie Palmer Lauterer, Michael Hardy, Becky  Alghrary, Claudia McGough, Johnny Graybeal, Dot Bliss, Allen Spear, Marion Coe and BJ Foster.  Traditional Appalachian Crafters also demonstrate local crafts such as bee keeping, tatting, quilting, woodturning and chair weaving.  There also re-enactors from Revolutionary times to the Civil War, possibly even a circuit riding preacher.  Local musicians and cloggers fill the day with traditional mountain music and dance.  You're sure to work up an appetite so head on over to the BBQ tent and they will fill your plate with it and all the trimmin's.

 

Civil War Re-enactors from such groups as

Colonel J.B. Palmer's 58th North

 Carolina greet visitors at

 the Avery Heritage Fest

   

  Everyone can learn something new about their ancestors at the Fest

   

 

To Request information about this years Heritage Fest such as date and directions or for information about participating at the Festival with your own booth, please email us at the following address.

Hand Pointing - Right averymuseum@gmail.com

 

To see more photographs from the Avery County Heritage Fests visit the NCGen Web Site

 

Hand Pointing - Right http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncavery/photos/index.html

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