WPA Day features cultural exhibits and demonstrations of early 20th century life in rural Wilson County. Artists, musicians and crafts people provide a glimpse of the everyday tasks, trades and talents of a bygone era.
The day’s activities allow 21st century families and residents to step back in time and appreciate the knowledge, hard work and skills of men and women who farmed, timbered and built communities between Lebanon and Murfreesboro.
Visitors can also enjoy a free meal of piping-hot cornbread, beans and turnip greens.
Traditional entertainment of old-time music from local musicians Michael DeFoesche, Roy Harper and Wesley Houp invites toe tapping and a little square dancing.
Musical instruments, quilts and other items will be on display in the park’s Cedar Forest Lodge. Built in 1937 by local workers through the federal government’s Works Progress Administration program, the lodge and other park structures signify efforts to recover from hardships of the Great Depression and establish one of Tennessee’s first state parks.
Visitors may try their hand at sawing logs in the crosscut saw competition, pitching horseshoes in the park’s newly restored horseshoe pits or grinding corn into meal.
Prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
WPA Day demonstrations will include:
• Dutch oven cornbread by David Robinson.
• cedar shake shingles by Larry Lane.
• handmade basketry by Sue Williams.
• wool spinning by Jennifer Folsom.
• weaving by Wanda Shotwell.
• pottery by Kelsey Carey.
• quilting by Joyce Midgett.
• fur trapping by Clarence Dies.
• wild edibles by Sharen Bracy.
• blacksmithing by Dan Pelletier.
Artists’ wares may be available for purchase.
For more information, contact Cedars of Lebanon park manager Wayne Ingram at 615-443-2769.