Historic Ramsey House(865) 546-0745

We are excited to announce new and exciting programs for 2018! Proceeds from these programs will go towards funding our ongoing educational programs at Historic Ramsey House. We thank you for your support!


February 10, 2018, 9am-1pm, David Drake Tin Workshop: Learn the fine art of working with tin. Each participant will learn to make and take home a punched tin candleholder. All supplies are included in this class. The cost for this 4 hour class is $50; Limited reservations available. Reservations can be made on our website at www.ramseyhouse.org or by phone 865-546-0745. Light snack and beverage provided.


February 24, 2018, 10am – 2pm; Hal Galbraith with “The Legacy of Woodworking”: Master Woodworker Hal Galbraith will take the participants through a four hour demonstration devoted to furniture making during the Federal Period from 1788-1825. You will learn the design and function of essential cabinet making tools from the period. Pieces from the Ramsey House collection will be viewed and discussed. Joiner methods used and some decorative details will also be demonstrated. You will come away with an appreciation for the extraordinary work done by hand, by these craftsmen.  Class fee is $25. Reservations can be made on our web site at www.ramseyhouse.org or by phone at 865-546-0745.Bring your own brown bag lunch, Ramsey House will provide beverages and dessert.


March 10, 2018, 1pm-4pm; Megan Gillespie and the “Art of Hand Quilting”:  Learn what is quickly becoming a lost art. The Appalachian area is known for its handmade quilts know for their beauty, as well as their warmth and utility. Learn cutting, piecing and quilting and take home a one of a kind hot pad that you created. Class fee is $25 and includes all the supplies. Reservations can be made on line at www.ramseyhouse.org or by calling 865-546-0745.


March 17, 2018, 1pm-3:00pm; Tiffany Mensch with “Fun Art, Not Fine Art”: Learn to paint the fun way with and create a beautiful painting worthy of hanging in your home.  It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, come and paint while enjoying your favorite wine and snacks.  Ramsey House will provide the soft drinks, you provide your favorite wine (valid ID required) and munchies. Bring a friend or make a friend. Reservations online at ramseyhouse.org or call 865-546-0745   The cost is $35, all supplies included.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


April 14, 2018, 11am-3pm; Caleb Bailey Antique Appraisals: Have you found something in grandma’s attic that you think may be of some value or curious about identifying a piece that has been in the family for as long as you can remember? Bring it in and have Caleb take a look at your treasure. For each appraised item there will be a $10 charge. There will also be a free tour of Ramsey House for each person with and item that has been appraised. Caleb is a graduate of Ashford Institute of Antiques (AIA). He is a PACC certified appraiser.


May 26, 2018, 11am-noon; Illusionist, James Bailey Shares the Mystery of Magic:  If you have a curious and creative 6-10 year old that is wanting to learn the art of magic, this class is the perfect place and time to do it. The one hour class will culminate with the student going home ready to put on a show for the family as well as some beginner props. All supplies are included in the $20 per child fee. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class.


May 26th, 2018, 1:30-3:30; the Mystery of Magic for 11 year olds and up: James will share his skills with teens that would be interested in learning the art of illusion. This 2 hour class will teach the students how to make their own props as well as perform more sophisticated illusions. All materials are included in the $30 fee.


July 21, 2018, 2-4pm; Famous Ridgewood Bar-B-Q; Fred Sauceman: Author, teacher and storyteller Fred Sauceman is coming back to Ramsey House for a return engagement. Be entertained and amused by stories of an Appalachian family, their food and lore. Ridgewood Barbecue (1948) was established by the Proffitt family, a “pork smoking clan” and their sauce. Mr. Sauceman has written his latest book on this very subject. He will tell you all about it and will be doing a book signing at the end of the event.