Visions of Christmas: 1862 at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

 Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site will present "VISIONS OF CHRISTMAS: 1862" on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 8 p.m. You are invited to be a guest of the Landon Carter Haynes family and friends as they celebrate Christmas during the Civil War. Watch the children pull sorghum taffy, join in with a parlor game, learn how to make a "kissing ball," help a mother decide if her younger son should join his brother to fight for the Confederacy, and get a glimpse of the home front in Tennessee in 1862.
  Chetter Galloway, master storyteller, will take the role of George Haynes, a slave with the Haynes family as he prepares for his family's holiday.
  Also take time to speak with Civil War soldiers celebrating the holidays away from their homes during the war. During daylight hours black powder sharpshooters will take aim to dislodge mistletoe from woodland trees. Experience this magical time of the year with the glow of oil lamps, the smell of greenery, and the sounds of the holidays in the historic buildings.
  Members of the Junior Board of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association have spent many hours researching and planning this special holiday program for the community. Visit with them as they bring the home of Landon Carter Haynes to life.
  In the Museum choose your favorite from our book of traditional Christmas carols and sing along with Art Daniels as he plays and sings these traditional songs with his guitar. Members of Girl Scout Troop 59 will teach children to make period paper ornaments that they can take home and hang on their tree. For a small fee, make a cloth colonial doll using seasonal calico material. Take time to visit the temporary gallery and view "Early American Containers: Art and Artifacts," a special show with the Watauga Valley Art League. Punch, cookies and snacks will also be served for your refreshment.
  Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Reservations suggested to schedule the time of your tour. Allow time before or after your tour for the activities in the museum.
  Tipton-Haynes is located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City. Call 926-3631 for additional information and reservations.