The annual Women’s Work Festival will return to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Mountain Farm Museum near Cherokee. The festival celebrates the vast contributions that Southern Appalachian women made on mountain farms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The historic buildings comprising the museum will be filled with demonstrations in hearth cooking, soap making, corn shuck crafts and spinning, with exhibits of artifacts and historic photographs offering a glimpse into the many roles rural women filled during that time. The Davis-Queen house will be open for touring, complete with an audio presentation of memoirs collected from the last child born there.
Simultaneously, an old time music jam session will be held on the porch of the nearby Oconaluftee Visitor Center 1-3 p.m. Jam sessions are held the first and third Saturday of the month.
Free. The Mountain Farm Museum is located on U.S. 441, 2 miles north of Cherokee. 828.497.1904.