Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama's 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill's awe-inspiring centerpiece. Take a look at my Travelogue below to see more.
The museum portrays the history of technology, the use and knowledge of machines and tools, in the first half of the nineteenth century. The museum traces area history from the stone tools of the American Indian, the iron tools of the pioneer settler, to the operation of the cold blast iron furnace and the Civil War.
We had some picnic basket snacks and cold drinks under the trees at a picnic area. So nice and relaxing!
Favorite Dish: Munchies!
One of the craftsmen at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park that makes and sells his instruments there. His wife is giving a demonstration and she even had me try a song. I got thru the song "Amazing Grace" with surprising ease and I was SOLD! I am NOT a muscian.
What to buy: Bowed Psaltery :
The Psaltery is a musical instrument with origins that date back at least 4000 years. It is recorded in the Bible in both the Book of Psalms and the Book of Daniel. The psaltery is played by holding the instrument in the bend of your arm and pulling a bow across the individual strings.
There are different art shops, such as painters, potters, quilters, basketry and musicians. My favorate turned out to be the people who make bowed psaltery and other instruments.
What to buy: Watercolors, pottery, baskets or country musical instruments.
The third weekend of each month, from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Tannehill Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Other events include a dulcimer festival, gem and mineral show, woodcarvers' show, educational programs for school children, a Labor Day celebration and Christmas candlelight tour.
We took the little train over to the area for the Trade Days. See my Travelogue for just a few shots. I was too busy looking for bargains to take any pictures, LOL.
At the Tannehill Ironworks Park you will find ...
From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. The first cabin shop we visited was the country instrument makers. Do you know what a Bowed Psaltery is? I didn't know either, but once I heard it and watched it being played, I bought one from BOWED PSALTERY by DAVE LUCAS.
3737 Gray Oaks Dr.
Bessemer, AL 35020
OR check out his website to learn more:
LOL, hope I get good enough to play in front of others!
Fondest memory: Being shown how to play the bowed psaltery. I've been practicing every night, since. But I'm not good yet, need a lot more practice ... poor, poor Bill .