Weekend fall festivals in Chattanooga area put heritage, art, tacos front and center

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The front entrance to the Marsh House Museum faces south. The Greek Revival mansion in LaFayette, Ga., has had work done to its grounds and the development of a strategic plan for its future. The historic location was photographed in 2021.

Two of Walker County, Georgia's oldest structures will be celebrated at festivals this weekend.

In Chickamauga, the Gordon-Lee Mansion, completed in 1847, will host the annual Blue & Grey BBQ, a contest said to be modeled on a feast of 1889 when veterans of both sides of the Civil War gathered to make peace. In LaFayette, the Marsh House, built in 1836 and now a museum, will be central to the heritage festival taking place on the lawn.

Meanwhile, a community festival is debuting on Highway 58. Tracy Bush, an organizer with event company Vonzara Inc., said by phone she expects the event will draw about 30 vendors to the sprawling parking lot outside Mount Canaan Church. Food and business vendors will be on site, and children can try out free inflatables and coloring stations, among other activities.