Treasure Mountain Festival set

FRANKLIN – Guests and homefolk will tap toes to bluegrass or square dance in the streets, “celebrating our past” at the 46th Treasure Mountain Festival on Sept. 18-21.

Franklin opens its doors and delves into the old-timey past with window displays; heritage craft demonstrations; historic exhibits; quilt and needlework examples; a giant flea market; and contests among muzzleloaders, mustache/beard raisers, pumpkin growers and heritage


The Treasure Mountain Festival was named for the events following the tragic destruction of two local forts by Shawnee Indians during April, 1758. After pillaging/burning Fort Upper Track and leaving no survivors, the Shawnee Indians then attacked and burned Fort Seybert outside Franklin, taking a few women and children prisoners after scalping the older men.

Those settlers not killed in the massacre were herded northward along the Indian Trail which crosses South Fork Mountain through Dean’s Gap, in the Deer Run area, and Greenawalt Gap to the site of Fort Upper Tract. From there they journeyed through Germany Valley and Seneca, to an Indian village in the Ohio River Valley.

The valued possessions and treasures belonging to the settlers were placed in an iron kettle, carried by two braves with a pole inserted through the handle. The kettle was hidden somewhere along the trail, when the braves tired, fell behind and later rejoined the captives without the kettle.

The Indians never returned to the area, but some of the captives escaped, returned to Pendleton County and told what had happened.

Many people have searched for this ancient kettle of gold, but it has never been found.

What has been discovered are the more important treasures of mountain beauty, clean air, sparkling streams and rivers, rock formations, caves and fertile fields – the treasures and heritage of the mountains here for all to enjoy.

Musical treasures featured during this TMF are performances by C & J Band, FlattBroke, The Lilly Mountaineers, Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder, Lisa Meadows and Shenandoah Jamboree, Billy Payne, Dylan Scott, the Sprouse Brothers and the Moatstown Choir.

Crafts include cooperage, pottery, wool spinning, basket weaving, hand-quilting, knitting, chainsaw carving and blacksmithing.

The Jason Bowers family will demonstrate hand-stirred apple butter making and cider making with a 100-year-old press recently refurbished by Bowers.

The food on sale in booths around the town is prepared by various civic organizations, clubs, churches and school sports boosters as their main annual fund-raisers.

Homemade goodies include corn bread and beans; country ham sandwiches; cotton candy; caramel apples; beef, chicken and pork barbecue; funnel cakes; buckwheat cakes; sausage gravy; snow cones; homemade pies and cottage fries.

Woodrow Hartman will officiate as the 2014 Parade Grand Marshall leading the 2014 Parade on Saturday.

During the festival, a free shuttle bus service traveling from the Main Street festival headquarters at the town parking lot to the Pendleton Community Building parking lot to the Boggs House Museum and back will be running continuously on Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No pets are allowed on the buses.

No parking will be allowed on the parade route from Great Valu along Main Street to the Community Building on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m to provide an emergency rescue and fire lane should it be needed.

The festival events each day include:

Bus ride – all around town for free.

Food stands – all around town.

Quilt and Needlework Show – Community Center.

Craft Sales and Heritage Demonstrations – TMF Building, Main Street and the Community Building.Country Store – TMF Building.

Used Book Sale – Library basement.

Flea Market – TMF Flea Market Building.

Antique cars, trucks, tractors, engines display – Pendleton Senior and Family Services’ parking lot.Window Displays – All Around Town.

Civil War Living History – Courthouse lawn.

Music – Town Parking Lot and Community

Building Parking Lot.

The Festival Schedule includes:

Sept. 18:

9 a.m. – Country Store opens, TMF Craft Building.

Noon – Book Sale, Pendleton County Library.

Noon – Boggs House Museum Opens.

5 p.m. – Country Store, Book Sale and Boggs House Close.

7 p.m. – Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree, Main Stage.

Sept. 19

8 a.m. – Flea Market Opens.

9 a.m. – Craft Building, Country Store, Quilt Show Open.

10 a.m. – Boggs House and Book Sale Open.

Noon – Campsite opens at Fort Seybert.

1 p.m. – Sprouse Brothers, Main Stage.

1 p.m. – Pendleton County High School Band, Courthouse Steps.

1:30 p.m. – Historical Walking Tour, Courthouse steps.

3 p.m. – Youth Heritage Pageant, Main Stage.

4 p.m. – Herbs of the Appalachian Lecture, Boggs House.

4 p.m. – Book Sale Closes.

6 p.m. – Bogs House Closes.

6:30 p.m. – Beard and Mustache Contest, Courthouse steps.

6:30 p.m. – Billy Payne, Main Stage.

8 p.m. – Billy Payne, Main Stage.

8 p.m. – Old Time Street Music and Dancing, Town Parking Lot.

8 p.m. – Flea Market, Craft Building, Country Store and Quilt Show Close.

Sept. 20

6:30 a.m. – Treasure Hunt begins – clues at Headquarters and Craft Building.

8 a.m. – Flea Market Opens.

9 a.m. – Craft Building, Country Store and Quilt Show Open.

9 a.m. – WELD Morning Radio Show, Town Parking Lot.

9 a.m. – Hit and Miss Engines, Bowling Alley Parking Lot.

9 a.m. – Muzzleloader Shoot, Old Fort at Fort Seybert.

9 a.m. – Pumpkin Weigh-In, Main Stage area.

9 a.m. – Horseshoe Pitch, Singles, Town Park.

9:30 a.m. – Children’s Games and Contests, Town Park.

10 a.m. – Boggs House and Book Sale Open.

10 a.m. – Civil War Living History Camps open, Courthouse Steps.

10 a.m. – Historical Walking Tour, Courthouse steps.

10 a.m. – Storytelling, Main Stage.

10 a.m. – Herbs of the Appalachian Lecture, Boggs House.

11 a.m. – The Lilly Mountaineers, Town Parking Lot.

Noon – Pumpkin Contest Winner Announced, Courthouse Steps.

12:30 p.m. – Judging of Period Costumes, Courthouse steps.

1 p.m. – FlatBroke, Town Parking Lot.

1:30 p.m. – Blue Ridge Stompers, Courthouse Steps.

2 p.m. – Puppet Show, Main Street Methodist Church.

2 p.m. – Herbs of the Appalachian Lecture, Boggs House.

3 p.m. – TMF Parade, Great Value to Courthouse.

4 p.m. – Muzzleloader Shoot Ends.

4 p.m. – Auction at Fort Seybert.

4:30 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament.

5:15 p.m. – Treasure Hunt Key Opening Ceremony, Main Stage.

6 p.m. – Boggs House and Book Sale Close.

7 p.m. – Dylan Scott, Main Stage.

7 p.m. – Reenactment: Burning of Fort Seybert, Fort Seybert.

8 p.m. – Old Time Street Music and Dancing, Town Parking Lot.

8 p.m. – Flea Market, Craft Building, Quilt Show and Country Store Close.

Sept. 21

7 a.m. – Franklin Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Thorn Spring Park.

8 a.m. – Flea Market Opens.

9 a.m. – Craft Building, Country Store Open.

10 a.m. – Moatstown Choir, Main Stage.

10 a.m. – Quilt Show Opens.

10 a.m. – Civil War Living History Camps Open, Courthouse Lawn.

10:30 a.m. – 1860’s Worship Service, Courthouse Lawn.

Noon – The C & J Band, Main Stage.

Noon – Book Sale opens, Library Basement.

Noon – Boggs House Museum opens.

Noon – Muzzleloader Shoot, the Old Fort, Fort Seybert.

Noon – Horseshoe Pitch, Doubles, Town Park.

1 p.m. – Quilt Show Closes.

1 p.m. – Herbs of the Appalachian Lecture, Main Stage.

1:30 p.m. – 304, Town Parking Lot.

3 p.m. – Boggs House, Flea Market, Crafts and Country Store close.

4 p.m. – Book Sale closes.