Exchange Place : Kingsport, Tennessee

Exchange Place : Kingsport, Tennessee Living History Farm 1850's Exchange Place - Kingsport, TN. Exchange Place, - a living history farm, is Kingsport's tonic for today's fast paced life.

The site was once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden's Ridge, TE. Exchange Place -- the Gaines-Preston Farm recaptures life in the early 1800s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nine of the ten buildings built between 1816 and 1851 are restored on their original foundations. As part of Exc

The site was once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden's Ridge, TE. Exchange Place -- the Gaines-Preston Farm recaptures life in the early 1800s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nine of the ten buildings built between 1816 and 1851 are restored on their original foundations. As part of Exc

Operating as usual

.. Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at the Exchange Place.. baaa.. gobble gobble.. moo..  :)
11/27/2020

.. Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at the Exchange Place.. baaa.. gobble gobble.. moo.. :)

Christmas In The Country : Update
11/16/2020

Christmas In The Country : Update

► Kingsport Exchange Place

11/14/2020

Beautiful Autumn This Year :)
Thank You to Everyone who enjoyed the online Witches Wynd with us this year ! :)

10/31/2020
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► It Is Time! Light a fireplace.. pour some cider.. cut the lights.. log in at WitchesWynd com .. donate $7 to help this historical landmark.. and prepare to hear stories that will curl your toes.. scare the cat.. and make you glad your horse and buggy didn't break down on the dark wooded road tonight..
preview : https://youtu.be/dhMn5rvGcZg
view : WitchesWynd.com

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10/07/2020

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► Exchange Place To Hold Witches Wynd 'Virtually'
This Kingsport favorite will be 'online' this year. See details in current press release October 7 2020 ... oooooooo....
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09/29/2020

Extra Extra ! Witches Wynd will be held "virtually" this year and available on-line. Details soon.. Watch the moooon..

09/22/2020

We made it .. to Autumn !! 🍂😃

09/12/2020

Exchange Place will decide soon about Witches Wynd (Oct. 23 and 24) and Christmas in the Country (Dec. 5).

09/12/2020

Sure are missing Everyone. We'll decide about Christmas this Autumn.. :)
Wave when you pass by🖐

News and Blues About Autumn Fest 🍂🍁🌻We sure are gonna miss everyone, but here in the 1850s we gotta keep everybody healt...
07/02/2020

News and Blues About Autumn Fest 🍂🍁🌻
We sure are gonna miss everyone, but here in the 1850s we gotta keep everybody healthy.. the Doc lives far away. So rest up everyone, eat your crops, spin a few tales and we'll git together soon with yarns to tell :)

05/08/2020
Exchange Place Crossing Sign

Hello Everyone, Exchange Place is currently not open & not offering tours. The opening date is to be determined. Until then.. wave at the sheep, yodel to the horses and enjoy our newly installed flashing walk crossings signs placed for your convenience. Happy May.. and May we see you soon :)

From Exchange Place Mark Selby:"Many thanks to Mountain Mist Creations, a loyal Exchange Place supporter and festival ve...
04/24/2020

From Exchange Place Mark Selby:
"Many thanks to Mountain Mist Creations, a loyal Exchange Place supporter and festival vendor, for creating an on-line sales event that will benefit Exchange Place's mission to restore and interpret an 1850s East TN farm. Mountain Mist Creations will be dedicating to Exchange Place a percentage of their profit from this weekend's sale. Exchange Place still has expenses in the husbandry of the farm animals, the upkeep of the buildings and grounds, and the educational programs, and these type donations are a great help! Check out Mountain Mist's wares and get yourself something pretty! (And when you do, give yourself a pat on the back AND GIVE A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Mountain Mist Creations. And just think how well you'll be able to sleep at night knowing you've supported local artisans and your local living history farm museum in one fell swoop!)"
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With the Spring Garden Fair cancelled, we would still like to support this local, historical venue. This is one of their biggest fundraisers for the year, and our favorite show. So as local customers let's help them out. We will be giving them a percentage of the proceeds we make during an online event we will be having Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the day Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 we will be posting lots of pictures of our creations that can be purchased. Please help us make this a success to help support ongoing activities at the Exchange Place.

FESTIVAL UPDATE : Exchange Place Mark Selby Gives Festival Update : Please Visit Vendors"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic an...
04/12/2020
Exchange Place : Living History 1850 Farm : Gaines-Preston Farm

FESTIVAL UPDATE : Exchange Place Mark Selby Gives Festival Update : Please Visit Vendors
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of our community, the 2020 Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair has been cancelled. We wish you a healthy year and look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Garden Fair in 2021! :: http://Exchangeplace.info
Though the Spring Garden Fair will not be held this year, many of the plant vendors who would have been at the garden fair are going the extra mile for you to make themselves available so that you can obtain directly from them your flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, and herb plants. Please support these local growers who bring their plants to the Spring Garden Fair each year. Not only will you benefit yourself by getting the plants you want, but you’ll also be helping the plant growers weather this challenging time so that they can continue to provide all of us with the plants we all want and need.
We encourage you to contact these local businesses directly to purchase plants. They will help you shop safely for those heirlooms, natives and herbs you've come to count on.

Shy Valley Farm. http://www.shyvalleyfarm.com/. 423-348-6570. Native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, grasses and trees, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, herbal products, culinary herbs. Will donate 10% to Exchange Place if buyer mentions Exchange Place when ordering.

Summerfield Herb Farm. https://www.facebook.com/summerfieldherbfarm/. 423-525-2621. Herb starter plants.

Fall Creek Nursery and Landscaping .https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fall-Creek-Landscaping-and-Nursery-1875188572779616/about/. Vegetables, annuals, hanging baskets, irises, herbs.

Onks Greenhouse. https://www.onksgreenhouseatgray.com/. 423-467-0007. Perennials, annuals, vegetable, plants, hanging baskets.

Seeds2Substance. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Seeds2Substance-LLC-2664781577080771/about/. 423-292-4035. Artisian lettuces, greens, herbs, and microgreens.

Couch Farms. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Couch-Farms/725233484268765. 423-272-6750.

Sow True Seeds. https://sowtrueseed.com/. Open-pollinated, heirloom and organic Seeds.

Datil Sensations. https://www.datilsensation.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html#/. 904-540-4744. Will gladly deliver any datil pepper products as well as plants.

If you are interested in purchasing garden art, herbal products, etc. from other Spring Garden Fair vendors, please call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071 to obtain their contact information.

Exchange Place's Mark Selby caught not practicing social distancing :)
03/31/2020

Exchange Place's Mark Selby caught not practicing social distancing :)

03/07/2020
Perfect Weather Perfect Exchange Place ChristmasThank You Marshall for the pictures !! :)Thank You Everyone For Coming B...
12/13/2019

Perfect Weather Perfect Exchange Place Christmas
Thank You Marshall for the pictures !! :)
Thank You Everyone For Coming Back In Time With Us !! :)

12/05/2019
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This Saturday ! 'This Week in Kingsport' from Kingsport.ME reminds us that Christmas In The Country at Exchange Place has arrived ! :)
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What is Christmas in the Country? :)Kingsport, TN – The “most wonderful time of the year” gets its formal kickoff when E...
11/16/2019

What is Christmas in the Country? :)
Kingsport, TN – The “most wonderful time of the year” gets its formal kickoff when Exchange Place hosts its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, at Kingsport’s tradition-rich Living History Farm, located at 4812 Orebank Road. This is the final public event of the year scheduled at the historic site -- proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- and admission is free for everyone.

Christmas in the Country features more than two dozen area and regional vendors offering their fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including hand-crafted wood items, unique lamps and clocks, pottery, handmade greeting cards, kitchen and garden art, cat and dog treats, and jewelry. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, small batch roasted coffee beans, hot sauces, jams and jellies, plus kettle corn and perhaps even Brunswick stew. You will also be able to pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm.

Most especially, Christmas in the Country furthers the mission of Exchange Place by depicting wintertime farm life in the mid-nineteenth century, and demonstrating how our Northeast Tennessee ancestors would have celebrated the holidays in the antebellum period. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be preparing dishes that the Gaines and Preston families might have enjoyed during the holidays, like roast pork, salsify fritters, and cinnamon waffles. In the newly restored outdoor bake oven, they will be baking ginger cakes (cookies), using a Gaines family recipe and replicas of Preston family tin cookie cutters.

Meanwhile, Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentices will be busy in the Preston House Gathering Room, making the home festive for the holidays. (They will also be selling handmade crafts to help support their program, which teaches middle school and high school aged youngsters about antebellum life and historic preservation.) Over in the blacksmith shop, the skills that were needed to make hardware and tools for the farm, fix wagon wheels and, of course, shoe the horses, will be demonstrated throughout the day. For children -- or just the young at heart! -- there will be “chores” to do, such as candle-dipping, decorating the traditional tree for the birds, and creating an old-timey toy.

Capping off the day will be the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will expect to begin around 4:15 pm. It was originated by the Vikings, who used it to honor their gods and request good luck for the coming year. Later it was incorporated into the harvest festivals of Germany and Scandinavia, then moved to England when the Normans conquered the British Isles, and eventually was brought to the New World by the Pilgrims. While the Preston family may not have burned a Yule Log, we have made it a part of our Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community.

The Yule Log was often decorated with evergreens, and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider, before it was finally lit, and after it died down (anywhere from twelve hours to twelve days), its ashes were scattered over the fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. In this spirit, we encourage everyone present to bring their own sprig to cast onto the fire, and to also wear fine, colorful headgear to the event.

We conclude the day with the singing of carols and, of course, a cup of hot wassail! Derived from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael,” which meant “Be in Health” or “Here’s to You,” wassail helps us to emphasize the spirit of health and friendship.

For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to
[email protected].

Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-nineteenth century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. Exchange Place is a non-profit organization maintained and operated by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants.

10/05/2019

Witches Wynd 2019
(Oct 25/26 2019 : 8:00 pm $10 Admission Charge)
Exchange Place needs no props after dark for a spooky atmosphere, with its shadowy corners of ancient log buildings where storytellers wait to relate chilling tales of the past. Guests assemble at the barn, divide into five groups, each of which is led by a lantern-bearing host to hear all of the five stories wind and through scenes relating to the story just heard.
Autumn weather in Tennessee can be cool enough to bundle up and windy enough to enhance the evening.
Many autumn leaves are still clinging to the trees as October moves into November. Watch for our next special event.
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" Thank You New Settlers that just moved into our wonderful Kingsport !! :) " pictures shared by ChuckSheliaWhite
07/25/2019

" Thank You New Settlers that just moved into our wonderful Kingsport !! :) "
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" THANKYOU :) Farmfest'ians for a Fun FunFest FarmFest !! :) "
07/25/2019

" THANKYOU :) Farmfest'ians for a Fun FunFest FarmFest !! :) "

07/11/2019

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4812 Orebank Road Kingsport TN 423-288-6071 😀

Address

4812 Orebank Rd
Kingsport, TN
37664

Opening Hours

Saturday 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 2pm - 4pm

Telephone

(423) 288-6071

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HOURS: 2:00 -- 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.
We also open for special appointments. Call 423-288-6071
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HOURS: 2:00 -- 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.
We also open for special appointments. Call 423-288-6071
Spring Garden Fair : April 26 (10:00 -- 5:00) & April 27 (12:00 -- 5:00). Admission charged at gate. $3 adults (12 and older) Children under 12 free.
Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest: Sunday July 13, 2:00 -- 5:00 Free admission.
Fall Folk Arts Festival: Sept. 27 (10:00 -- 5:00) & 28th (12:00 -- 5:00). Admission $3 (12 and over) at gate. Free under 12.
Witches Wynd: Oct. 24 & 25, 8:00. Admission charged. (Tickets required; available beginning at Folk Arts Festival.)
Christmas in the Country: Dec. 6, 10:00 -- 4:00. $3 admission.

Yule Log Ceremony: December 6, 4:00.

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Red and Gray 9/26/2021
New Exchange Place Facebook 2021 Page : Please Come And Join ! https://www.facebook.com/ExchangePlaceKingsport (the 'old one' has a facebook glitch that won't let us login .. after 2 months of 'no response' from fb, we decided to start Spring fresh   Come Join https://www.facebook.com/ExchangePlaceKingsport
New Exchange Place page : Please Come And Join ! https://www.facebook.com/ExchangePlaceKingsport (this one has a facebook glitch that won't let us login .. after 2 months of 'no response' from fb, we decided to start fresh. Come Join https://www.facebook.com/ExchangePlaceKingsport
I took this pic last Saturday while walking by. Thanks for looking. Joni Cox
Hello, Facebook has a technical glitch which has 'temporarily' made it impossible to Log In. So I've stepped in to help with posts from my end :) Hopefully this will soon be remedied.
ON EARTH DAY, I REMEMBER A HIDDEN CREEK Three of us little boys found it in 1956. Where and how is it today? Near the Exchange Place Living History Farm—the aerial and satellite images posted here for 1963, 1997, and 2015 speak for themselves. As soon as my family moved to Preston Woods in 1956, I began exploring neighborhood frontiers. I was 11 years old. Venturing into deep woods near their house, Larry and Alan Reynolds and I found a hidden creek teeming with box turtles. Descending from the northwestern flank of Old Stage Road, it trickled through limestone rocks, moss and dead leaves, forming shallow pools where rotting trees fell across its course. Then reaching the farmer’s field— today the upper reaches of Exchange Place—it suddenly disappeared just at the barbed wire fence. In limestone regions, that happens. Meanwhile, Steve Bainbridge joined our expeditions. We built a hideout camp just up a wooded slope from the stream. Each of us chose a very large stump rotted to the core, brown musky-smelling spires jutting up on the edges where originally cut across. Little did we know these were probably remnants of ancient chestnut trees. We thatched over the spires with branches and leaves, padded the inside with moss gathered from rock ledges, and huddled there on rainy days like beleaguered pioneers. Flying squirrels glided down slope from a hollow snag to get away from us. On a downslope to the creek, deep pockets of black loam had collected among the fallen leaves like lava flows, but from rainstorms. I took a bucketful home to Dad for his garden. But playing in the creek was the most fun. We built turtle pens, constructed small dams, found an island where the creek divided, wondered how many years it took for a natural spillway to form in a rock slab crossing the creek. Every so often, we would follow the creek upstream—a difficult climb in dense woods across rock barriers—to what all Preston Woods called “The Path” in the hardwood forest at the end of Stagecoach Road. There, at the headwaters, we found a low earthen dam breached many years ago, but you could still see the outlines of a former reservoir. We thought older boys much stronger than us and now off to college somewhere must have built it. Now I realize early settlers probably dammed the creek to water horses back in wagon road days. Even though all this was innocent play, we undoubtedly disturbed the turtle and squirrel habitats. Then as I turned 13, I got interested in motorcycles and quit playing in creeks. Except for the farmer’s cutting out a few trees, Dead Turtle Creek—our designated name—remained untouched for at least two more decades. But then someone decided to open a housing development in “The Woods” at the terminus of Stagecoach Road. For a long time, only one house had been built out of sight upstream, so impact was minimal. Visiting Kingsport in the early 1990s, I tromped through the woods and found two young boys and their dad literally taking care of the woods and creek I had loved so much. They needed to—where the creek had once disappeared at the barbed wire fence, it now drained right into their backyard at Pendleton Place. The upstream house’s storm runoff was already cutting into the original streambed. But the creek and woods looked much the same—that is when I took the photos accompanying this text. Then, after a slow start, the housing development upstream really expanded probably about year 2000. You can see in the posted Google Earth image the stream course drainage as of 2015, marked in blue. These are blessed memories of good times shared with Larry, Alan and Steve! On this Earth Day 2020, I give thanks for that hidden stream that became a paradise for us, four little boys playing in the woods. That is the Kingsport I like to remember.
Thank you for the delicious soup & homemade bread dinner and a fun evening crafting beautiful Christmas wreaths! Every one of them came out unique and gorgeous.
Are you open Sunday nov 10?
Will you be open November 10?
Posting for a friend: 3 ponies and 1 calf for sale. Make an offer. Call 423-571-2528 for more details if interested.
William David Cradic, my close friend and neighbor as youths growing up near the Preston Farm (exchange place) donates his grandmothers log home "Roseland" to the Exchange Place. David THANKS FOR THE SHARE FRIEND. I remember finding canon balls in the sourounding areas...
Coming up on Sunday, 2/24. Join us! 2 great speakers for the price of one.