CONTACT PERSON: Elaine Irwin Meyer
Museum of Appalachia
P.O. Box 1189
Norris, TN 37828
865-494-7680 or 494-0514
For immediate release
Days of the Pioneer antique show
to benefit Museum of Appalachia
NORRIS, Tenn.: Days of the Pioneer, a premier antique show, will debut this fall at the
Museum of Appalachia.
Set for September 14-15, 2012, the event will feature the finest selection of 18th and
19th century antiques, with top dealers from 18 states across the nation participating.
Amongst the antiques will be traditional craftsmen demonstrating centuries-old
techniques of rail splitting, shake shingle making, bonnet making, lye soap making, and candle
dipping, just to name a few. To set the ambience of the day, several areas will be set up for
spontaneous playing of mountain music. Civil War-era soldiers and civilians will be in period
dress in their encampment; Southern “vittles” will be available “at every turn.”
Jill Peterson, publisher of A Simple Life magazine and nationally noted collector of
primitive antiques, will host the show, with proceeds benefiting the Museum.
“Promoting a show was not something I ever planned to do, until I realized that the
Museum of Appalachia needed our help,” Peterson said. “All history museums struggle, even in
the best of times—and if they have to close their doors, what happens to our history? It is lost
“The Museum of Appalachia is the purest museum of its kind that I know of. It is
everything we antique dealers love,” Peterson added. “So, all profits from this show will benefit
the Museum of Appalachia, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.”
Call the Museum or check the website for updates on this premier event. Advance
tickets are now available at the Museum or on the website; ask about special membership
Tickets include a tour of the Museum, a farm-village with some three dozen historic log
structures, exhibit halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm
animals in a picturesque setting surrounded by split-rail fences.
A large gift shop features handiwork from regional artisans, and a small restaurant
offers hot lunches, fresh‐from‐the‐garden vegetables, and mouth‐watering home-style
desserts. Facilities are available for weddings, reunions, meetings, and other events.
The Museum is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to preserve Appalachian
artifacts and to instill in the community—regionally, nationally, and internationally—a greater
knowledge of and appreciation for the Appalachian heritage.
Museum memberships are available, providing a year of Museum visits and other
benefits. As an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum also provides
Smithsonian memberships in conjunction with its own membership program.
The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122. For
more information, call 865-494-7680, or visit www.museumofappalachia.org.