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!



Sheep Shearing with Phil Lakin Farms

Come join the fun and watch as shaggy sheep get there summer ‘do! Phil Lakin will demonstrate traditional sheep shearing at the Historic Ramsey House. Bring the family, because this event is open to all ages! The sheep shearing starts at 9:00 am and goes until 11:00 am. 

Saturday, May 26th from 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee is $10 per person at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free!


Rockin’ the Classics: Classic Car and 50’s Rock ‘n Roll Show

Join us for a blast from the past at the Rockin’ the Classics Car and 50’s Rock ‘n Roll Show! Vote for your favorite car for the People’s Choice Award, enjoy delicious food vendors, and bring your kids to play in the children’s area! Tedd Graves and The All Star Band will be our featured artist, playing all your favorites from the 50’s and 60’s!

The gates open at 9am. Car registration starts at 10am. The band will play from 11am-2pm. Trophies will be awarded at 2pm. No alcohol is permitted on premises.

Saturday, June 30th from 9:00am – 3:00pm

This family friendly event is FREE to the public!

$20 to Show Your Car ($15 for early registration)


Lecture Series: Famous Ridgewood Bar-B-Q

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.

Saturday, July 21st from 2:00 – 4:00pm

Ticket price TBD


Lecture Series: The Life and Music of Stephen Foster

Chip Bailey, a Teaching Artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission, will present a workshop on the life and music of Stephen Collins Foster at the Historic Ramsey House.  His tragic life and glorious music will be be examined. Stephen Foster (1826-1864) was America’s first professional songwriter. He composed 200 songs in his short lifetime including such hits as “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races” and “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night”.  This class will contain mini-lectures, recordings, live musical instrument demonstrations and group discussions.  Sing along if you wish!  Come learn why Stephen Foster’s life should be examined and why his music should be preserved and perpetuated.

Saturday, July 28th from 1:00 – 3:00pm

Class fee is $15 per person. ($10 for members)


Workshop: Irish Penny Whistle

Reagan De Busk will teach traditional Irish (or Scottish) music on the penny whistle and simple system flute.  The class will cover the basics of traditional music, basic techniques and styles of playing. They will experience how to learn and play by ear, and what players need to listen for to achieve an authentic learning or listening experience.  No prior experience with flute or whistle or any other instrument is necessary.   A Walton D Irish Whistle is included.

Saturday, August 4th from 1:00 – 2:30pm

Class fee is $30 per person (includes your very own penny whistle!)


Ancient Sounds Festival

A great production of historic music from East Tennessee. It will get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ with a full day of great music by some of your favorite Scots-Irish and Appalachian groups along with good food and beverages with a beautiful historic home known as Ramsey House, in the background. Bring a comfy lawn chair or blanket and sit in the shade of the big trees to enjoy the sounds of our East Tennessee musical history.

Saturday, September 1st

Event time and ticket pricing TBD