Live Demonstrations

National Park Service staff are here periodically to conduct demonstrations on blacksmithing, carding, spinning, basket making and other traditional Appalachian crafts through October.

The sights and sounds of rural Appalachia fill the air at Mabry Mill.

From Memorial Day through the end of October, park rangers and volunteers may often be found holding demonstrations on a variety of skilled crafts used by mountain settlers.

These include, for example, a blacksmith, furniture maker, basket weaver, and a handloom weaver. The schedules rotate according to the availability and skills of staff, so you won’t always find crafts being demonstrated on a given day.