On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the historic mountain town of Dillsboro is celebrating its 125th anniversary in a big way. The Town of Dillsboro has gone all out to arrange entertainment, vendors, demonstrators, exhibits, children’s games, and touches of history. Not only do the merchants love the very idea of the town, but they love where they live, and want to show their support for the town’s history by providing demonstrations of old-time arts and crafts, and provide a look at the way of life in the past.
Dillsboro has changed very little — a small country village with pristine white houses, rustic old shops, galleries, and restaurants. Many of the shops that first opened their doors in the 1800s still stand today with new owners.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be arriving in Dillsboro at 2:15 p.m. to bring visitors to the celebration where all demonstrators will be in tents along Front Street (by the railroad tracks), sharing their skills – making baskets, leather products, pottery, corn shuck dolls, needle crafts, soap making, books, chair caning, spinning, candle making, herbs/teas, beekeeping, stained glass/jewelry, gourd art, and more.