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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Hmmm... How many of us think of Thanksgiving as having been a traditional holiday since 1621? Not so! The Pilgrims first celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast in 1621, but there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce! And, did you know that the event was wiped from the history books for 200 years? Even in the 1800s, some Southern states thought Thanksgiving was an abolitionist plot and refused to celebrate it!

It was not until World War II that Thanksgiving actually became an annual national holiday. How did we get from a somber Puritan day of prayer to a now-celebrated holiday with football and food? Check out this week's History Channel guide for "The Real Story of Thanksgiving".

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Fox Manor Historic Bed and Breakfast

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site Craft Show This Weekend!

The 28th Annual Christmas Craft Show, will be hosted at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 12-14, 2010 (See hours below.) The show features 46 booths, displaying for sale, hand-crafted items of all kinds throughout the Visitors Center of the park. Admission is free!

As the primary focus of the show is Christmas and Holiday items, the Visitors Center will be alive with color and lights. Vendors will offer a wonderful selection of hand-crafted items, which will include wreathes, tree ornaments, and holiday arrangements. Decorated grape vines, garlands, and more will certainly set the holiday spirit in motion!

Hours: Fri., Nov. 12, 10 AM - 4:30 PM;
Sat., Nov. 13, 8 AM - 4:30 PM; Sun., Nov. 14, 1 PM - 4:00 PM

This beautiful location is only about 30 minutes from Fox Manor and well worth the trip.

Fox Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Battle of Kingsport, 1864

Scott Smith, educator and historian, will present a great lecture on "The Battle of Kingsport, 1864", Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville.

Who were the people associated with the battle? What was its effect on the Union campaign to destroy Saltville, Virginia? What were the conditions of the Confederate Calvary forces in East Tennessee during this final desperate stage of the war?

Anyone interested in Kingsport history or the Civil War should not miss this event.

Fox Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tennessee Civil War Trails Make News Again

Tennessee is recognized as one of the top states for Civil War sites. The 150th (Sesquicentennial) anniversary of the American Civil War will be commemorated across our beautiful state for the next five years,  focusing on the Civil War's impact on Tennessee and Tennessee's significant role in the Civil War.

Since moving to Northeast Tennessee, Walt and I have learned more history that we ever learned in school or books about this unbelievable time in the area. The Civil War Trail is a humbling education for us all. Hope to see you on the trail.

For more information, go to http://www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/

Fox Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast