Founder - John Rice Irwin
Any visit to the Museum of Appalachia would be incomplete without an hour or so spent with the collection of essential and odd-ball creations of implements and artifacts of rural Appalachia. Music always took an important place in this world, even though cash was short and people couldn't afford to purchase instruments. Here are a few home-made artifacts attesting to the irresistible urge to make music.
The Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN is one of the premier events featuring Appalachian culture, musical roots, along with a large and interesting crafts fair. Artisans scatter the grounds demonstrating their processes and selling their wares. Their are plenty food vendors featuring standard fair food and local favorites. If you love old-time and country music, bluegrass, traditional arts, living museums, and more, this is a must visit event.