Gaines Preston Farm - Exchange Place - Kingsport Tennessee
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Calendar of Special Events
Calendar of Events

Things are always happening at the Exchange Place. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn all have their unique stories to tell as we journey back into the days of the 1850s.

Come on and join us and we're sure you will have happy good-ole-country experiences to take back home with you.

Give us a call for any updates or questions you may have about visiting.
or email us. See below for more...
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Calendar of Events 2015

Spring Garden Fair

10-5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, April 26

The Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair was held in April 2009, at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. See Photos.The Fair focuses on springtime activities on an 1850s farm and the sale of thousands of plants, garden accessories and related crafts, with an emphasis on herbs, native, and heirloom plants. Each year the Fair features garden walks and talks, children's activities, traditional music, and baked goods. For more information, call 423-288-6071.

Watch Springfest 2012 : You might see yourself!

Farm Fest 2015
July 12

Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest will provide old-fashioned family fun on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Exchange Place Living History Farm. Sponsored by Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home and Exchange Place Living History Farm, Farm Fest celebrates the pleasures of country life. Step back into the 19th century and enjoy the sounds of traditional instruments. Basque in activities from bygone days like sack races, hayrides, and cakewalks. Taste fresh summer food, such as watermelon and corn on the cob. Pet the farm animals and try your hand at old-time crafts like stenciling, tin punch and carding wool. Small children will enjoy washing clothes on a washboard, dressing up in old-fashioned duds and jumping in the haystack. No ticket, entry fee or registration required.

Farmfest 2011 : Mooooo!

Fall Folk Arts Festival

(Sept 26/27: 10-5:00 12-5:00 - Admission $3.00)

We anticipate another perfect Autumn weekend this year.

The historic valley farmstead bustles with activity by vendors, demonstrators, bakers, and kettle corn makers! The Brunswick stew and apple butter kettles over the open fire yields a distinctive and inviting aroma to the grounds. Music filled the air throughout the weekend from the community band, dulcimer players, and bluegrass bands, The harvest market includes a colorful array of corn, pumpkins, and squash.

Many heritage craftspeople demonstrat the “necessities of the 1850’s” - vegetable dyeing, quilting, basketmaking, ropemaking, chairmaking, caning, whittling, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, pottery, hearth side cooking, soap making, apple cider squeezing, and hand made toys - to name a few.

Cotswold sheep are fed and petted; Zack and Elliott, the team of Suffolk horses, pull the large three seater station wagon; the Durham cows bawl in the paddock, and the chickens try to hide.

Witches Wynd

(Oct 23/24 : 8:00 pm $8 Admission Charge)

Exchange Place needs no props after dark for a spooky atmosphere, with its shadowy corners of ancient log buildings where storytellers wait to relate chilling tales of the past. Guests assemble at the barn, divide into five groups, each of which is led by a lantern-bearing host to hear all of the five stories wind and through scenes relating to the story just heard.
Autumn weather in Tennessee can be cool enough to bundle up and windy enough to enhance the evening.
Many autumn leaves are still clinging to the trees as October moves into November. Watch for our next special event.

Christmas In The Country 2015 $Free

December 5, Christmas in the Country 10-4:00
December 5, - Yule Log Ceremony 4:00 pm

Basket Weaving
Basket Weaving

"Exchanges" still take place today at the country store. Instead of exchanging currency, crafts made by local artisans may be purchased.

Exchange Place is open for tours
May through October and by special arrangement for hosting events.

For more information to join, contact:
Exchange Place
4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, Tennessee 37664

Step Into the 1850s.

Calendar for 2015

  • HOURS: 2:00 -- 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.
  • We also open for special appointments. Call 423-288-6071
  • Spring Garden Fair : April 25 (10:00 -- 5:00) & April 26 (12:00 -- 5:00). Admission charged at gate. $3 adults (12 and older) Children under 12 free.
  • Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest: Sunday July 12, 2:00 -- 5:00 Free admission.
  • Fall Folk Arts Festival: Sept. 26 (10:00 -- 5:00) & 27th (12:00 -- 5:00). Admission $3 (12 and over) at gate. Free under 12.
  • Witches Wynd: Oct. 23 & 24, 8:00. Admission charged. (Tickets required; available beginning at Folk Arts Festival.)
  • Christmas in the Country: Dec. 5, 10:00 -- 4:00. Free admission.

  • Yule Log Ceremony: December 5, 4:00.

    Exchange Place
    4812 Orebank Road
    Kingsport,TN 37664
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