The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Mountain Life Festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Mountain Farm Museum.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience traditional fall harvest activities on the farm including hearth cooking, apple butter making, blacksmithing, lye soap making, and food preservation. All activities are free and open to the public.

This event preserves the legacy of Appalachian mountainways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that later become the national park. The spirit of cooperation that existed among families and neighbors is reflected throughout the activities.

The Mountain Life Festival coincides with the monthly music jam sessions from 1 to 300 every first and third Saturday of the month, held on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The Mountain Farm Museum is located adjacent to the park’s Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, two miles north of Cherokee.

The free event is supported by Great Smoky Mountains Association. For information, call the visitor center at 828-497-1904.

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