There are many events to enjoy around the Tri-Cities region during Christmas, but few of these are totally free. The Exchange Place is opening the farm on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to share a historical Christmas experience with visitors. They call it, “Christmas in the Country,” and Engage Kingsport has all the details.
The Exchange Place is a historic 1850s farm that played a major role in the early history of our region. Located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee, it is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The historic buildings and working farm are a rich educational experience for all ages throughout the year. However, at Christmas, it is especially poignant as visitors get a glimpse of what the holidays meant many years ago.
There will be the normal array of opportunities to see, hear and learn during the day, along with vendors and craftsmen practicing their specialties and selling their wares. Volunteers will even be cooking holiday food in the old ways in the kitchen. At 4 p.m., there will be a special Yule Log ceremony with wassail for all.
If you are tired of the commercial buzz around Christmas and long for a more serene, natural experience, this may just be your event. If you have never been to Exchange Place, then you are in for a real treat. This wonderful place is provided as a non-profit entity by donations, grants and the work of dedicated volunteers. Don’t miss this. For more information, you can call 423-288-6071.