By Jamie Stewart Storey, [email protected]

A man prepares a meal over an open hearth. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

A man prepares a meal over an open hearth. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

Marble Springs State Historic Site will be holding an authentic 18th century hands on Open Hearth Cooking Workshop. During the event participants will not only be learning how to cook on open hearth flame but will also be broken into teams.

“Each team will create a different portion of the meal that will be served at the conclusion of the workshop,” said Assistant Director Ashleigh Oatts.

The historically inspired workshop will take place Saturday, March 9 starting at 10 a.m. with reservations being required by March 1 at 5 p.m. with a waiting list if needed.

The 18th century open hearth cooking also entwines further knowledge of that time frame along with regional history.

“We have a tavern located on the property that was relocated from the Walker Springs area which adds a sense of what things must have been like for people during that time period,” explained Executive Director Anne Chappelle.  “It takes a participant back to the days of cooking a meal without a stove which seems to have a more significant meaning to most of our guests.”

Marble Springs State Historic Site is located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Hwy. and the site holds several activities throughout the year.

“The historical site also holds guided tours of the six original structures that remain on the 35 acre farm that once belonged to Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier,” Chappelle said.  “He lived on the property while being the governor because the capital was in Knoxville at the time.”

For more information about the open hearth cooking workshop and other activities please visit or email to [email protected].

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