Matthews Living History Farm Museum sponsors or co-sponsors several events each year. Most are open to the public and admission is free. Below is a listing of the annual events.

Log Cabin Building Work Shop

October 20 – 21

Matthews Living History Farm Museum will be hosting a 2-day Class on Log Structure Building with Master Craftsman Gary Horton. The cost of the 2-day Class is $100. Hand tools old and new will be used in this class, Hammers, Crowbars, Chainsaws, Broad Ax, Foot Adz, Felling Ax, Squares, Levels, and Chalk Lines, bring them if you have them. Also, this class will offer the opportunity for students to learn to identify lumber used in the building of Log Structures.

Camping in-the-rough is available at the Farm. Public Restrooms are in the Pavilion on the Farm. Local Restaurants are just minutes away.

Contact us at 276-773-3080 to reserve your spot!

Quilting Bee

May 20, 2018 – 1:00pm

Matthews Living History Farm Museum will be hosting a Quilting Bee Workshop on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion.   A quilt top, lining, and back will be placed into a set of hanging quilting frames starting at 1:00 and then work on the quilt will begin.  If you have never seen a quilt laid-in and would just like to watch or if you are an old hand at quilting and can help then you are invited to attend.  If you have children that are old enough to use a needle then bring them out to the farm and let them give quilting a try. The Quilt will be raffled off at our Kick Back the Rug Event on June 14. Raffle tickets are only $1 dollar, and will be available for sale at both events.

Kick Back the Rug: Community Social ca. 1900

June 14, 2018 – 5:00pm to 8:30pm

This is a Community Social modeled after the traditional summer socials circa 1900. There will be a square dance, box supper and ice cream social. Local musicians will provide music. A professional caller will guide visitors through the basic moves in square dancing. At intermission, there will be a traditional cake walk, giving folks a chance to win home baked cakes. Local fiber artists will demonstrate spinning, weaving and/or quilting and offer wares for sale, and offer a chance for visitors to try their hands at one or more activities.

Civil War Living History

August 25, 2018  9:00am – 9:00pm, & August 26, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm

This event will demonstrate life in a Civil War encampment, including period costumes and living quarters, parades, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music and cooking. Visitors are welcome to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing military drills and demonstrations and engaging in conversations with the reenactors.




Arts Council Quilt Show: Stories of the Stitch

September 8, 2018  10:00am-4:00pm

The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten.  Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities.  Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.

Heritage Day

September 8, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm

A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm – many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Music is incorporated into the experience by live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also provided.