Nineteenth Annual Ames Plantation Heritage Festival

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 9:00 - 5:00

The Ames Plantation in cooperation with University of Tennessee AgResearch announces the 19th Annual Heritage Festival.  This unique festival is sure to please everyone from the avid history buff to those with an appreciation for the diverse folk art of our past.  Come and celebrate your past at the largest and most diverse event of its type in the region.

More than 150 folk artists, demonstrators, re-enactors and musicians will provide a day of entertainment and education unlike any in the area.  In addition to a day filled with the sounds of gospel, blues and string band music, a diverse selection of 19th century skills and activities will be offered.  Visitors may take part in hands-on activities such as cotton picking, goat milking, stenciling, and even digging with an archaeologists on a real historic site.  The Civil War Era will be brought to life through living history encampments, educational presentations and demonstrations, including cannon fire exhibitions.  A wide selection of folk art and crafts will be available for purchase from some of the most talented folk artists in the region.

Admission and Parking

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 4-16 and free for ages 3 and under.  Enter Ames Plantation via Buford Ellington from Tennessee Highway 18.   Signs will direct you to free parking and shuttle service to the event site.  Impaired mobility assistance is available within our capability.  No pets allowed.

Bring your Appetite and your Shopping List

A huge selection of folk art and handmade crafts along with a variety of great food will be available for purchase.


Direct your questions about the event HERE

Photos of Past Festivals

Viewing these photos of past Ames Heritage Festivals will provide a sense of the event's diversity and quality.  Click HERE

Use this handy map for directions to your fun-filled day at the Ames Plantation Heritage Festival.

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