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Heritage Day returns Oct. 16 to Bogart-Bowman Cabin in Unicoi

Cranking it up like his ancestors did.

By Richard Rourk

The public is invited to take a trip back through history when the 12th annual Heritage Day returns to Unicoi’s Bogart-Bowman Cabin on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Unicoi History Group will be hosting the event, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“We started the Heritage Day in 2009,” said Leisa Willis, president of the Unicoi History Group. “Since I was put in charge of this, it has been a little hard for me to get people for both Saturday and Friday.”

 Consequently, Willis said she has concentrated on having an activity-packed Saturday to ensure attendees will get a solid introduction to local heritage and history.

In the past hundreds of students visited on the Friday before Heritage Day, which had been dubbed “Youth Friday.”

Willis said that she still hopes the region’s students visit the Bogart-Bowman cabin on Saturday to join other history enthusiasts on a trip back to the 1800s in Unicoi County.

“It’s important to look at our history and understand how our ancestors lived and what they went through to help make a better life for the future generations,” Willis said. “It’s good to learn how they did things because we might have to use the old ways later down the road if something happens and we don’t have all of the modern conveniences.”

Heritage Day will feature food, entertainment and lessons all centered around Unicoi in the 1800s.

“There will be homemade biscuits made the traditional way,” Willis said. “There will also be cattle and some sheep that will demonstrate the importance of livestock to our settlers. 

Local historians Chad Bogart, David Doan and Chris Privette are all scheduled to appear. 

“We will be having hearthside cooking by Tammy  Fletcher,” she added. “There will be food to buy and some baking in the oven.”

She said the event will also feature storytelling and music. 

Heritage Day is free and open to the public. 

“We welcome everybody to come out and enjoy a historical afternoon,” Willis said.

The Bogart-Bowman Cabin is located at 5012 Unicoi Drive in Unicoi.