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Food, fun, and --- forge May 24

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SAUTEE NACOOCHEE - Te Sautee Nacoochee Center and the Folk Pottery Museum will open a new heritage attraction – a working forge and blacksmith shop - Saturday, May 24, as the Sautee Nacoochee Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its annual Pig Out barbecue on the grounds of the Museum and Sautee Nacoochee Center.

“The blacksmith forge and shop are adjacent to the restored 1850 slave cabin on the grounds, and visitors will hear the anvil ringing with the sound of local smithing demonstrators while they are enjoying the barbecue feast,” explained Museum Director Chris Brooks. During the day an auction of blacksmith made items will help raise funds to supply the coal and steel to operate the forge and shop. “Tim Ryan of Brasstown, North Carolina, will be our guest auctioneer,” continues Brooks. “Tim is also a professional blacksmith, landscape architect and an instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School.”

The blacksmithing tools for the new shop are a legacy from Dr. Tom Lumsden, acquired from the Ethridge family, who operated a blacksmith shop in Barrow County in the early 20th century. The new forge and shop are adjacent to the restored slave cabin on the Center grounds and will become part of the Heritage Site Project.

“We intend to share the stories of people who settled in the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys by demonstrating the skills necessary to survive in this environment,” Brooks added.

The Folk Pottery Museum and the Sautee Nacoochee Center are located on Georgia Highway 255, ¼ mile north of the intersection with Georgia Highway 17, four miles southeast of Alpine Helen. The Center’s two art galleries and local history museum will be open on Saturday, May 24, from 10 am to 5 pm, as will the Folk Pottery Museum. Admission will be free to all areas on May 24.
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