Historic Collinsville opens for the season June 5 with a blacksmithing demonstration

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The historic pioneer facility of Collinsville in rural Montgomery County will celebrate its opening weekend of the 2021 season on June 5-6.

The 40-acre open-air property showcases pioneer life from 1840 to 1900 with 16 authentically furnished buildings.

“We are privileged to have this type of property here in our own community,” said Theresa Harrington, Executive Director of Visit Clarksville. “We hope that everyone on site, as well as visitors traveling here, will come out and fully enjoy a quiet day in the county with a picnic, quality family time and enjoying the beautiful property while discovering local history. ”

Something new that visitors will appreciate this year is the addition of audio tours.

“There is so much to discover and experience, especially if you are a first-time visitor,” Harrington said. “To help us meet social distancing recommendations and as a cost-effective alternative to in-person guides, we’ve created a way for visitors to hear the stories of the buildings with authentic voices. Visitors can scan QR codes from a map printed on their phone and hear interesting details and facts about each structure or room.

Funding for the production of the audio program was provided by a CARES grant through the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development. Narrators Frank Lott, Executive Director of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, and Ellen Kanervo, Director of the Arts & Heritage Development Council, volunteered their time and talents to share the stories.

Seasonal activities and events in the colony will begin with a blacksmithing demonstration on June 5.

On Friday, June 18, dress in your finest 1800s outfits and put your detective skills to the test at a classic 1800s murder mystery dinner. Seating and social time begin at 5:30 pm , a catering dinner from North Meets South will be served at 6:30 p.m., then the drama begins with dessert. The Murder Mystery event is intended for ages 21 and over and seating is limited. View the detailed dinner menu and purchase tickets on http://bit.ly/CollinsvilleMurderMystery. The Murder Mystery Dinner is a fundraiser that will help restore more buildings and add more activities.

In the regular season, from June 5 to Oct. 5, 30, Historic Collinsville is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $ 8 for ages 6 and over. Military members receive a 10% discount with valid ID, admission to special events varying. The property is open other days and times for groups of six or more tours, rentals, weddings or special events.

Advance tickets for all events this season can be purchased at www.historiccollinsville.com/events.

For more information on the historic town of Collinsville, please visit www.historiccollinsville.com, follow them on Facebook or contact Linda Ebel by phone or email at 931-245-4344 or linda@visitclarksvilletn.com

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