At this unique, old time event, visitors will have the opportunity to observe sorghum cane being processed into molasses using a mule-powered mill at the 17th annual Sorghum Making Festival on Saturday, September 16th at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The mules will be out turning the cast iron rollers squeezing out the delectable juices to be boiled down into molasses. Just to watch the mule work is worth a visit to the site! While activities will take place all day, Oscar, his crew, and the mules will be milling the cane in the earlier part of the day.
Visitors can enjoy touring the historic structures of the property that will take you back to the pioneer ages of this land and into the Civil War. Spend some time in the cabin as delicious open hearth cooking can be enjoyed. The historic cave will be open for everybody of all ages to explore and find their inner spelunker. Also, come out and enjoy the Model A Mac’s car show that will be held on site as the sorghum is being pressed. The car show members will be arriving around 10am. Simply come and relax in the shade and appreciate the historic atmosphere while getting away from the fast pace of the twenty first century.
Admission is $5/adults and $2.50/children twelve and under. Members of the Tipton Haynes Historical Association are FREE. We encourage families to come and learn more about the heritage of our area.
For additional information, please call (423) 926-3631. Tipton-Haynes is located in Johnson City, exit 24 off I-26 and follow the signs to 2620 South Roan Street.
Tipton Haynes State Historic Site is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site.