(WBIR) Historic homes of Knoxville and the Marble Springs State Historic Site are celebrating the 218th anniversary of Tennessee's admission as the sixteenth state way back in 1796.
Ahead of the official June 1 anniversary, the groups are hosting a weekend of living history at Marble Springs.
On Saturday, people dressed in 18th century clothing and reenacted historic military drills. Visitors were given a glimpse at frontier life with demonstrations on blacksmiths, weaving and open hearth cooking.
The Marble Springs Historic Site is late governor John Sevier's former farmstead.
The director of the site said they're happy with the turnout.
"I have to say that the sense of community of people coming here that have never attended before, or those that have returned, really creates a spirit about what it is that we do here and reaching the public in educating them," Executive Director Anna Chappelle said.
The living history celebration continues Sunday from 12-5 p.m. at Marble Springs. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Click here for full schedule of events.
Other historic spots around Knoxville will be holding special events as we get closer to Statehood Day on June 1. Historic Homes of Knoxville has a full schedule on their website.
-Marble Spring schedule: http://media.wix.com/ugd/31c72b_abbdc29747ed46158f028c14afb4efe1.pdf)
-Historic Homes of Knoxville celebrating Statehood Day: http://hhknoxville.org/historic_homes_of_knoxville/Statehood_Day.html