For the past 34 years, historic Rogersville, TN, on the second full week end in October every fall, invites tens of thousands of visitors to town to experience the community’s rich history and heritage. The historic town square and the streets of downtown Rogersville provide the venues for this rain-or-shine free-admission event. Visitors experience a “living history” of entertainment and education through music, demonstrations and a market of hand-made crafts from a wide variety of disciplines. It’s all to serve the mission of preserving our proud heritage.
Musical performances on the Town Square stage begin Friday evening and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. The area’s rich bluegrass and country roots are featured throughout the weekend on the Heritage Days music stage. Friday evening highlights include a children's heritage costume parade and contest, vintage car show and cruise-in, the annual cruise-in chili cook off and music at the main stage. On Saturday and Sunday the audience packs the Town Square with lawn chairs and blankets for a gloriously informal and fun musical experience with acts changing every hour, providing plenty of opportunity for performers and variety for listeners. At a nearby stage , over 14 groups of dancers of various ages and styles perform all day Saturday and Sunday. Traditional clogging and square-dancing are spotlighted. The demonstration yard of the festival has become one of the most popular features of Heritage Days. Artists and craftspeople show-off their traditional skills to all visitors and provide children an opportunity for active participation. Crockett Spring Park, just off the town square, plays host to an authentic Civil War encampment and demonstrations complete with the cavalry regiment.
Heritage Days sponsors many popular and educational activities including an art and photography show with categories for children, youth and adults, decorations planned and executed by area students and volunteers, a quilt exhibition, heritage military encampments, an antique farm equipment show. The children’s play yard features old fashioned children’s games and the Heritage train . In addition to the many activities over 100 artisan craft booths and 20 food vendors and local restaurants are featured for guest to shop and dine. The historic Hale Springs Inn, circa 1824, located in the heart of the festival district is open for the public to view an exhibit of living history.