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Arts & Entertainment The Rickman Store’s 87th anniversary

Musician Eric Young (left) and friends return to the Rickman Store to celebrate anniversary with an afternoon of Appalachian tunes.Celebrate and trade on Saturday March 31st

The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community and visitors to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the historic Rickman Store with a day of traditional trading, entertainment, and the presentation of an heirloom seeds savings educational program on Saturday March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally built in 1895 by John Hall, the general store located at the heart of the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic district, was purchased by the young Tom Milton Rickman in 1925 who operated it for 69 years until 1994. In the early days, many of the transactions at the store were in the form of trades. Rickman’s first costumer, Ms. Eva Bryson, traded three eggs for a spool of thread, and to honor this transaction and this simple way of life, the Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting neighbors to barter their tools, plants, seeds, treasures and goodies that day from 10 a.m. to 1.p.m.

At 11 a.m. there will be a special exhibit and program on Cherokee agriculture and Cherokee and regional heirloom seeds presented by Sarah McClellan and Kevin Welch from the Cherokee Reservation Cooperative Extension and the Cherokee Plants Center. McClellan and Welch will talk about their federally recognized seeds saving project that, in addition to rescue and saving heirloom seeds, collects and shares the old memories connected with the seeds to keep crops and knowledge alive. A special display and hands on activities for children will be part of the program.

Performances of local musicians will also be part of the festivity. At 1 p.m., mandolin player Eric Young will open an afternoon of entertainment with traditional Appalachian music followed by a music jam. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their instruments, voices and traditional songs to join the party.

Since the purchase of the store by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee in 2007, the Friends of the Rickman Store have held events to continue the beloved traditions that bring community together and enhance its growth. This is the second seed exchange and the third Bartering Day celebrated in Cowee.

The historic Rickman General Store is located on Cowee Creek Road, seven miles north of Franklin by Hwy. NC 28, next to Cowee Elementary School. Parking is limited in front of the store. Visitors are encouraged to park at Cowee School.

For more information about this event call (828) 369-5595 or visit Friends of the Rickman Store in Facebook.


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