Tennessee Agricultural Museum

Special Events

Historic Rural Life Festival - Held in May, this annual event is a great opportunity for children to discover the rural past of Tennessee, enjoy old-time activities, see honey bees in an observation beehive and touch farm animals too!

Your group will see the crafts and chores that were a routine part of farm life before the advent of electricity. Butter churning, spinning, blacksmithing, weaving and pottery making are just a few of the activities. You can stop under shade trees for shingle making and wood-working activities with Tennessee State Foresters. Don't miss the sheep shearing!

2016 Schedule:

Admission is $2 per person. Please call (615) 837-5197 to make reservations for schools, organizations, or groups over five people. To see our flyer, click here.

Summer Farm Camp - The 2016 Summer Farm Camp is on the way! Students 7 to 13 are invited to learn about Tennessee's rural past through fun, educational activities and programs. Students will elarn about Tennessee's agricultural heritage through hands-on activities such as fire pit cooking, wood working, gardening, and more. To be held Friday, June 17th and Friday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 12:30. In case of inclement weather and camp cancellation, refunds are available. Cost is $20.00 per camper. Please call the museum at (615) 837-5197 to make your child's reservation. More information is available by clicking here.

Summer Saturdays - Enjoy special activities every Saturday in July from 9 am - 2 pm. For a list of this year's Summer Saturday themes, descriptions, and dates click here. Events are FREE and open to the public. No pets please.

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival - Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival has been an annual country celebration of the harvest season attracting several thousand people to the museum each year!

In 2016 we are pleased that both the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum will be transforming. Capital improvements will be underway across Ellington Campus and the museum will be undergoing a number of renovations. The Music & Molasses Festival will be cancelled for the year 2016. We hope you continue to support the Tennessee Agricultural Museum and mark your calendars for the third weekend in October, 2017 to join us for the 24th Music & Molasses Festival.

Farm to Table Dinner - Reserve your tickets now to join us 6 pm on October 14 on the historic and beautiful Ellington Agricultural Center grounds for an authentic farm to table dinner. We will feature many local farmers including Delvin Farms, Hatcher Dairy and Batey Farms. There will be great live music. Grinders Switch award-winning wine will be offered courtesy of Suntrust Bank. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in person, via email, or online. A reserved Table for 8 can be purchased at $400. (Only purchased tables will be marked "Reserved". Other seating is first come, first serve). Sponsorship opportunities also exist and include: $1,000 Premier sponsor: includes reserved table for 8, recognition on menus, on signs at event, on social media and during event. $500 Music Sponsor: includes two tickets, recognition on signs at event, on social media and during event. To register, call 615-837-5197 or visit http://www.tnfarmbureau.org/farm-to-table-registration.

Christmas Open House - Ham biscuits, holiday music, homemade cookies, and crafts for purchase are highlights of our annual Christmas Open House. Contact us for time and date.

Other Activities:

Adult Classes - Basket making, quilting, spinning, and other traditional skills are sometimes offered. Contact us for more information, or like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date.

Strasser Experience Center (year-round) - The open-air pavilion adjacent to the museum is a self-guided center that will capture everyone's interest.

See vintage tractors, learn how to measure a horse, identify animal tracks and try our analemmatic sun clock where you become the time piece!

Forest Discovery Trail - Using a brochure, walk the self-guided forest trail to discover some of the valuable benefits of Tennessee forests.

The path begins at the log cabins with twelve designated points of interest. This outdoor experience requires adult supervision.

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TN Agricultural Museum • (615) 837-5197 • tennessee.agricultural.museum@tn.gov