The Ames Plantation has 18,400 acres of land and is owned by a historical foundation and the university of Tennessee, I believe.
They use the land for agricultural research, but part of it is used for civil war events and reenactments. This festival is a heritage celebration, of sorts. There's lots of old timey type events going on and crafters and food vendors have booths with things for sale.
There's a tractor pulled wagon going up and down the plantation street that gives rides for free. It was nifty.
There were acres of things to see, and the tractor didn't go many places, so we did a ton of walking.
Dulcimer band - pretty music
Grist mill making corn meal (We bought some)
Logging with horses -this was amazing.
After watching the logging for awhile, we walked around some more and saw these horses giving wagon rides
And this lady shoeing a horse
And this lady doing pottery
Lots of pottery for sale
Cooking in a cabin
And a random grave marker
There were also quilters, bee keepers, wood carvers, knitters, story telling, native american dancers, and 200 or so booths to visit with things to buy. Pretty amazing.
This was our first year going and we spent 4 hours there just walking and looking and I'm sure we didn't see everything there was to see.
It was great fun. :) I'd like to go again next year, though I might just be participating! We'll see. They might have me volunteer as a spinner. I think I'd enjoy that.