Cradle of Forestry Kicks Off 2015 Season on April 11th

The Cradle of Forestry in America historic site will kick off its 2015 season, April 11th with a living history event titled, “Old Time Plowing and Folkways.”

Visitors to the event will encounter living history volunteers demonstrating their crafts, including wood carving, rope making and crafting corn husk dolls. Haywood County’s David and Diane Burnette will demonstrate working the land the old way as their Percheron draft horses plow under the Cradle’s vegetable garden located along the Biltmore Campus Trail. In the afternoon guests will enjoy live music as they walk and enjoy the historic buildings and displays.

The Cradle of Forestry will be open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 11th through November 8th, 2015. Throughout the season, living history volunteers will demonstrate a range of traditional crafts and music.

A full schedule of events is planned in 2015 including Migratory Bird Day on April 25th, the Songcatchers Music Series held Sunday afternoons in July, and Forest Festival Day on October 3rd.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and for those with America the Beautiful passes and Golden Age Passports. The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association provides free admission every Tuesday throughout the season.

Admission includes the Forest Discovery Center with two films, hands-on exhibits and scavenger hunts. It also includes historic cabins and exhibits along three paved trails with guided tours and living history demonstrations when available. The Adventure Zone along the Forest Festival Trail is designed to reach children with autism and engage young families.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on State Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call (828) 877-3130 or go to


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