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Seven awesome historic Christmas events coming up in our region

Jeff Bobo • Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 8:33 PM

From Rocky Mount to Rogersville, it should come as no surprise that a region that boasts Tennessee’s oldest settlements also hosts a wide variety of historical themed Christmas events.

* Christmas at the Inn: Dec. 8-10 at Netherland Inn, 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport. Adults, $10; children under 6, free.

The event harkens back to the 1820s when Richard and Margaret Netherland hosted lavish parties complete with beautiful decorations, good food and live music. Christmas at the Inn is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, from 6-8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2-4 p.m.

For more information, call Netherland Inn at (423) 677-3263 or Hammond House at (423) 245-5523.

* Christmas in the Country: Dec. 2 at the Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport. Free.

The historic 1850s living history farm offers holiday arts, crafts and demonstrations during its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The day ends with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will begin around 4 p.m. For more information, call Exchange Place at (423) 288-6071.

* Colonial Christmas: Dec. 9-10 at the Amis Mill Historic Settlement, 127 W. Bear Hollow Road, Rogersville. $10.

Tour the historic 1780 colonial estate of Thomas Amis. Tours run from 1-5 p.m. both days and are hosted by Wendy Jacobs, the fifth-great-granddaughter of Capt. Thomas Amis.

The original Thomas Amis house, which was built in 1781, will be decorated for Christmas in colonial style, and owners Jake and Wendy Jacobs will be there in period attire to tell the stories of the property.

No reservations required. The Big Creek Welcome Center and Amis Mill Eatery will also be open that day. For more information, call (423) 272-7040.

* Candlelight Christmas Tours: Dec. 1-2; 8-9 at Rocky Mount, 200 Hyder Hill Road, Piney Flats. Adults, $10; kids 5 and older, $8; 5 and under, free.

Join the Cobb Family in celebration of Christmas in the year 1791 with candlelight and decorations as was the custom in the late 18th century before the heavy commercialization we know today. Music, dancing, decorations and sacred tales will all be part of your experience this magical evening.

Tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. each of those days, with new tours leaving about every 15 minutes. The last tour begins at 8 p.m. Tours last about an hour and a half. For more information, call (423) 538-7396.

* Visions of Christmas 1862: Dec. 2 at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City. Adults, $5; kids 12 and under, $2.50.

Come and enjoy an 1862 rendition of the Haynes family Dec. 2 from 2-6 p.m. You will tour the house and watch as the Haynes family prepares for Christmas and celebrates Sen. Landon Carter Haynes’ birthday.

Treats will be cooked on the open hearth of the cabin. Reservations for tours is appreciated. For more information, call (423) 926-3631.

* Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 2 at the Hale Springs Inn, 110 W. Main St., Rogersville. Price TBD.

Youngsters will enjoy a buffet breakfast with Santa, storytelling, cookie decorating, ornament making, and one-on-one time with the man himself. Seatings are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon, and the event lasts about 90 minutes. Reservations are required. For more information, call (423) 272-5171.

* Christmas at Carter Mansion: Dec. 1-2 at Carter Mansion, 1031 Broad St, Elizabethton. Free.

Take a candlelight tour of the oldest frame house in Tennessee decorated with bright greenery for the holidays from 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. For more information, contact Sycamore Shoals at (423) 543-5808.


  Video from the 2016 Christmas Tour at Amis House in Rogersville.                                                  

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