Events

Haunts at the Font

Join us for an evening of ghost stories and spooky tales! Guests will be guided by lantern along a trail from our historic tobacco barn to Cragfont, looming creepily in the distance. Along the way, you will encounter a number of characters from Cragfont's spirited past. Each will have a spine-tingling story to tell! Before and after the tour calm your fears with apple cider by the fire and the soothingly spooky sounds of historic murder ballads performed by the Traveling Caudells. New stories this year! Sat, October 15, 2022 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

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Hawthorn Hill Tours

Join us for a tour of ca. 1805 Hawthorn Hill, one Saturday a month from April through October. The circa 1805 brick Federal home is preserved as close to its original state as possible and is rarely open for tours. Original stenciling, paint, and plaster make you feel as though you've entered a time capsule of 19th century Middle Tennessee history. Tours are limited and only offered one Saturday a month - don't miss out on this unique experience!

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Saturdays on the Porch at Wynnewood

Join us for a mini-field trip at Historic Wynnewood on the Second Saturday of each month from May to August!

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As Do the Ladies in Tennessee: A 19th Century Fashion Show & Tea

Join us for a historical fashion show in Cragfont's beautiful garden, enjoy afternoon tea with friends, and experience a special tour of Cragfont.

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Murder Medicine and Mourning at Wynnewood

Join us for Murder, Medicine, & Mourning at Wynnewood State Historic Site on October 8th! Visitors will see Wynnewood set for mourning, hear about Victorian mourning customs, and learn about the many untimely deaths of the Wynne family. Follow your guide down to Bledsoe's Lick where you will explore by lantern light and hear about the most infamous murders on the Lick! If you can stomach it - go visit the doctor and learn about the weird and gruesome practices of Victorian-era medicine.

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The Herbal Hearth: A Series on 19th Century Herbs

Join us this summer and fall for a FREE series on historical herbs and herbalism! August 6th - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Herb Gardening 101 - Learn the basics of herb gardening, historical methods to dry herbs and about the most popular herbs in the 19th century American herb garden! August 13th - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Herbal Tea Sampler - Learn about how herbs were (and still are) often used to make teas, the purported health benefits, and sample a few teas from herbs in our garden! September 3rd - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Herbs of the Historical Kitchen - Learn about the role herbs played in the 19th century kitchen and sample a historical recipe or two! October 29th - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Herbs of Death - Learn about the role of herbs in historical funeral practices and as agents of death! All programs in the series are FREE of charge and presented in association with Americorps. Donations to Historic Castalian Springs are appreciated!

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Cemetery Tour at Cragfont

Join us on October 30th for a walk through the historic cemetery at Cragfont. Learn about the people buried here and the significance of tombstone shapes and epitaphs. You'll learn about some of the more tragic and untimely deaths of the Winchesters and Wynnes and some secret history of the Cragfont cemetery.

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Hidden History - A Behind the Scenes Tour of Cragfont

Explore the lesser-seen areas of Cragfont, from the cellar to the attic, and everything in-between!

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