Anyone who’s read my column for awhile knows how much I enjoy studying the history of Blount County and beyond. I always learn something new or get a new perspective on events happening around me, both locally, nationally and internationally. Plus, history is fun! It can be quite entertaining for children and adults, and most of the time, special events are either free or at such a low admission charge that any family can afford to participate.

Two such events are coming up over the next couple of weeks.

First, the Blount Historical Museum, 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, is hosting Museum After Dark from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Visitors are invited to learn more about the history of Blount County during the event with a program featuring music, historical re-enactors, traditional arts and crafts, and local authors. You can tour the Blount County Historical Museum and view its permanent displays and newest exhibits during this after-hours event.

Five local authors will have their books for sale. These include Reba Rhyne (Reba Carolyn Rhyne Meiller), Missy Green Tipton and Paulette Ledbetter, Jewel Thomas and Mary Faith Enyart. Several craft vendors will have items for sale. They include Felicia Moyers Sexton with crochet dolls and animals; April Nance with plastic canvas items; and Lynda Rizzardi with a selection of homemade items. Loren LeClair Abbott from Beyond the Barn will be on hand with bakery items. Linda Baker and her granddaughter, Sophia Walker, will have rag dolls for sale, or you can make your own rag doll. Linda and Sophia ask for donations to the museum for the rag dolls.

Admission to Museum After Dark is free but donations are gladly accepted. The museum is located at 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway behind the historic Thompson-Brown House/Cades Cove Museum, beside the Blount County Justice Center.

You can get a good dose of history plus enjoy music on the grounds of Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse on Thursday, Nov. 15, with its Fall Music Event featuring the popular band, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m., including various homemade soups, chili, corn muffins, soft drink and dessert.

Tickets are $10 per persons 16 years old and up and should be purchased in advance by contacting Mary Lynne Bell, resident manager, at 865-983-1550.

Sam Houston Schoolhouse is located at 3659 Old Sam Houston School Road, Maryville.

We in Blount County are fortunate to have the Blount County Historical Museum and Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse to preserve and protect our unique history and then share it with others. In addition to these two museums, we have the Cades Cove Museum at 1004 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway next door to the Blount County Historical Museum, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, both in Townsend, and the Greenback Heritage Museum in Greenback. Also, the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society members seek out and share the history with anyone who asks and will assist those researching family history at the Blount County Public Library. Visit their website,, for details,

If you have an interest in the past, be sure and check out these museums and the BCGHS. You can learn more about them by visiting their websites and Facebook pages.

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