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Tom Dooley and Appalachian Culture Day 2019

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Tom Dooley and Appalachian Culture Day 2019

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

| $10

Happenings at the Village on May 18th:

All Day-

  • Chapel of Peace Open with early church history and Michael Riggs demonstrating the pump organ
  • Daniel Boone Cabin open
  • Whippoorwill Academy School house open with video showing upstairs
  • Tom Dooley Museum open with video showing
  • Art Activity Tent
  • The Smokehouse Gallery with work by students of The Lenoir School of Visual Arts
  • Leatherwork- Marty Gibson
  • Spinning- Debby Stone
  • Cooking from the fireplace- Mary Bohlen
  • Authors- Gretchen Griffith; Charlotte Corbin Barnes
  • Blacksmith demonstrations by Dink Tharpe
  • Old-time wood working- Mark Tharpe
  • Dula Genealogy Tent with Diane West
  • Painting demonstrations by Tim Larson
  • The Smokehouse Gallery – Lenoir School of Visual Arts students on exhibit
  • Jail open for arrests
  • Matt’s Store- toys, pottery, drinks and snacks
  • Ticket Sales Tent for October events: Tea/Luncheon with Aunt Jocasta on Oct. 6th; Music Festival for Edith’s Barn on Oct. 12th.

10-11:00- Pickin’ Porch- Jack Thompson and Friends

10:00 -11:00 a.m. Film Showing: “Love Until the End” by Tamara Nance

10:30-11:00- Big White Tent-Matt Snyder talk about growing/ harvesting mushrooms

11:00-12:00- Big White Tent- Foothill Cloggers

11-12:00- Bob Kogutt and band perform at the Picnic Shelter Stage

12:00- 1:00-Film by Thomas Clay- The Village and a talk about the challenges of making a film. When film is over, put up “No Entrance” sign at the door.

12-1:00- Strong Southern Woman contest; Chicken in the coop contest for children and the Tom Dooley Boot toss for men- Center field.

1-2:00- Rob McHale and Band at the Picnic Shelter Stage

2:00 Bleu Moon Production performance of scenes from the outdoor drama about Tom Dooley- in front of the Tom Dooley Museum.

2-3:00- Alyssa McLean and Friends- Pickin’ Porch

2:00-3:00- Film by Thomas Clay- The Village and a talk about the challenges of making a film.

2-2:30- Big White Tent-Matt Snyder talk about growing/ harvesting mushrooms

3-5:00 p.m.- Big White Tent- Appalachian Toy Demonstration with Renee Frost

3-4:00-Pickin’ Porch- Andy Trivette

4-5:00- Picnic Shelter Stage- Bob Kogut and band


Admission is $10. Children 5 & under are FREE!

This year’s annual Tom Dooley and Appalachian Culture Day , Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m marks the  151st anniversary of Tom Dula’s hanging. Tom Dula, from “Hang Down your Head Tom Dooley” fame, lived in the village of Ferguson, N.C during the 1800’s until he was hanged for the murder of Laura Foster. Whippoorwill Academy and Village was begun by the late artist and historian, Edith Ferguson Carter. It is now owned and operated by her daughter, Margaret Carter Martine and her husband Dick Martine. The historic village has 12 + cabins and celebrates the talents and history of the area. Back in the 1700’s this area was also the home of Daniel Boone for many years and Whippoorwill Academy and Village celebrates the famed frontiersman the third Saturday in September.

Dawn Matthews serving southern food violin maker bob kogut


May 18, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Whippoorwill Village
11928 N Carolina 268, Ferguson, NC 28624 United States
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11928 NC Hwy 268 W Ferguson,
NC 28624

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NC 28624


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