October is upon us and there’s much to do in the Morristown/Hamblen County area.

Crockett Tavern Museum
Crockett Tavern Museum

October’s your last chance to visit the Crockett Tavern Museum for the 2017 season. The museum is an authentic replica of the tavern owned by Crockett’s parents.  While visiting, be sure to check out Cody Nelson’s recent Eagle Scout project of an informational outdoor kiosk.  Crockett Tavern Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM.  Admission is $5 for adults; $1 for students ages 5-18.  Children under 5 are free.  The museum’s final day for the 2017 season is October 21.

6th Annual Heritage Days Festival
6th Annual Heritage Days Festival

Looking to spend some time in the great outdoors?  Panther Creek State Park is the place!  The 6th Annual Heritage Days Festival will be held at the park on Saturday, October 14th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  There will be live music, food vendors, local artisans and crafters, children’s activities, and so much more. You can check out the historical displays, classic cars, or try your hand at tomahawk throwing.  Be sure to bring along some canned goods for the park’s canned food drive.  If Zombies are more your thing, then Panther Creek’s 4th Annual Zombie Walk may be right up your alley. Scheduled from 5-7 PM on Saturday, October 21st, the Zombies will take a 2-mile walk through the park and the best-dressed Zombie will win Frightmare Manor admission tickets (more about Frightmare later).  The cost to participate is $15 and 2 cans of food for the food drive.  Closing out October special events at Panther Creek State Park will be the 5K Haunted Hustle.  The race is open to the public.  Registration begins at 7 AM; a one-mile race at 8 AM; 2 mile at 8:30; 5K at 9 with awards following the completion of the last race.  Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt.  Proceeds from the race will benefit park programming.  For additional information on any Panther Creek State Park event or activities, call 423-587-7046 or visit: https://www.facebook.com/PantherCreekStatePark.

Adventure Ranch Corn Maze & Fall Fun Park
Adventure Ranch Corn Maze & Fall Fun Park

What do steer roping and gem mining have in common?  Both are two of the 28 fun activities you and your kiddies can enjoy at Adventure Ranch Corn Maze & Fall Fun Park.  Known for its themed corn maze – this year is Curious George – Adventure Ranch has quickly become a must-do fall family activity.  For hours of operation and pricing, visit http://adventureranch.com.

Frightmare Manor
Frightmare Manor

Right next door to Adventure Ranch, and NOT for the faint of heart, is Frightmare Manor.  Consistently named one of the best haunted attractions in America, Frightmare Manor is the former home of Tennessee’s most prolific serial-killer, Jeremiah Lexner. With 5 different attractions, this “scream park” offers the Nightmare at Frightmare Challenge.  Those who face all five successfully will get their money back.  That’s why Frightmare is known as The Money Back Hauntâ.  Check out all the terror at http://frightmaremanor.com.

42nd Annual Mountain Makins
42nd Annual Mountain Makins

Not to be missed on October 28th and 29th is the 42nd Annual Mountain Makins festival at Rose Center.  This award-winning festival celebrates the very best of Appalachian culture, from crafts to music. In 2016 it was selected as the Best Festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. It has been designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” four times by the Southeast Tourism Society and was voted “Best Festival in East Tennessee” by readers of Tennessee Magazine.  Since the very first festival, authentic craftsmen have demonstrated folk-life skills, giving guests young and old a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia.  The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more. A special preview night with heavy h’orderves and the chance to visit the artisans will be held from 6-9 PM on Friday the 27th.  Tickets for the preview are $25 and can be ordered by calling the Rose Center at 423-581-4330.  Festival hours on Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Admission to the festival is $5.00. For more information visit: https://www.rosecenter.org/mountain-makins.

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