Chattanooga Now Christmas at Red Clay highlights Cherokee, pioneer traditions

Chattanooga Now Christmas at Red Clay highlights Cherokee, pioneer traditions

December 6th, 2017 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Outabout

Cooking over a fire in the farmhouse, shown here in a wintry scene, is one feature of Christmas at Red Clay on Sunday. (Contributed Photo)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Step back in time to learn about Christmas and winter solstice traditions of the Cherokee and early settlers when Christmas at Red Clay is held Sunday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Red Clay State Park, 1140 Red Clay Park Road in Cleveland, Tenn.

Park Manager Erin Medley says this living-history event will include singing traditional songs, cooking cobbler in a Dutch oven over a fire in the farmhouse and hearing from re-enactors portraying a Cherokee tribe member of the 1700s, a longhunter and pioneers.

"This is a unique time to experience the park by candlelight and learn about old-time traditions," she says.

Visitors will be led through the park in tours that will depart from the Visitor Center in 15- to 20-minute increments. She advises visitors to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

The event is free, but all participants must register online at www.tnstateparks.com/redclay.

Contact Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6284.