to Oct 31

Annual Quilt Show

"Finding Art In Quilts"

Stop by the Museum to view hundreds of beautiful quilts that were made by local quilters and will include all levels of craftsmanship. The Museum has been hosting the longest running Quilt Show in the Southeast Region for over 30 years.

2018 Show dates: October 2 - October 31

Awards ceremony: Saturday, September 29 

Tour admission: $5 Adults; $3 Senior adults/students

Tour hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Sunday - Monday (closed)


DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee

Tennessee Arts Commission/Arts Build Communities

Finding Art In Quilts.jpg
View Event →
10:00 AM10:00

Pumpkintown Celebration

A Celebration of History, Heritage & Harvest which showcases the arts, crafts, music, food and rich cultural history of East Tennessee in this annual festival in historic downtown Athens, TN

As part of the celebration, the Museum will offer FREE admission from 10 AM - 4 PM (over 10,000 artifacts)

Also, the unveiling of a new exhibit will take place at 2:30 PM “The Battle of Athens”

Pumpkintown Celebration!.jpg
View Event →
2:30 PM14:30

Battle of Athens Exhibit

You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Battle of Athens Exhibit!

This event is free and open to the public. 

C. Stephen Byrum, Author of the Battle of Athens book will be on site for a book signing.

The Battle of Athens is the most historically significant event in the history of McMinn County. On August 1, 1946, returning veterans of WWII, frustrated with the political voting system, surrounded the McMinn County Jail, fired on the Sherriff and his deputies, and by the next morning had taken over the county's government. The event quickly faded away; but resulted in a new form of county government for McMinn County and much of the southeast. Most Tennessee Counties and many in the South have adopted this form of government.

Battle of Athens Exhibit.jpg
View Event →

10:00 AM10:00

Receiving Quilts

Allow the Museum to display your beautiful quilts during the Annual Quilt Show

Quilts Receiving dates.jpg
Name *
Quilt Entrant *
Quilt Entrant
View Event →
1:00 PM13:00

American Girl Doll Celebration

American Girl Jewelry & Cupcakes

Bring your favorite American Girl Doll for an afternoon of celebrating doll month!

Enjoy an afternoon of designing jewelry for your favorite doll and then top it off with decorating cupcakes with your favorite toppings. A fun afternoon of sweet treats!

Cost: $5.00 per person.

Please call to register 423.745.0329


View Event →
10:30 AM10:30

Making Iris Folding Cards

Cindy Mishtal will demonstrate how to make Iris Folding Cards.

Iris Folding originated in Holland in the 18th century. It is a technique in which a pattern is created in a design with an opening in the middle. The pattern gives the illusion of being a spiral, focused around a central point. Paper, ribbon or even fabric can be used to do iris folding. 

Program cost: Museum members (Free);  Non-members ($5.00) includes a tour

Please call the Museum to register, 423-745-0329

Heritage School is sponsored by The C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation

View Event →
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Recreations

This Heritage Program will take you on an adventure into the great outdoors! Enjoy a day learning about the outdoor recreational activities that are available in the McMinn County area. Local business owners will share information on fly fish tying, gun safety and outdoor gear and activities by Ridge Outfitters. Fall weather will have you desiring to be outside!

Please mark your calendar, more details will be posted at a later date.

Program cost: Free to Museum members; $5 non-members

Heritage School is sponsored by The C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation

Great outdoors.png
View Event →
1:00 PM13:00

Lego Adventure

Enjoy an afternoon of games and adventure while learning about the history of Legos!

Snacks will be served as a treat for being here!

Please call the Museum to register, 423-745-0329.

Program cost: Free to Members; $5 non-members

Heritage School is sponsored by The C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation

Lego Adventure.jpg
View Event →
11:00 AM11:00

Straightening Stones

Laura Lenoir and members of the Cemeteries of Athens Preservation Association will share their knowledge of preserving the history and heritage of cemeteries in this area. This organization is responsible for the conservation and protection of three Athens TN cemeteries (Cedar Grove, Hammonds and Sullins). 

Through research and training, the group has leaned  how to repair endangered grave markers and has addressed over 250 stones. Repairs are carefully documented and records are stored at Athens City Hall (Municipal Building). 

COAPA was awarded a grant from the Tennessee Civil War Nation Heritage Area to publish the brochure "Veteran's at Rest: A Guide to Civil War Veterans and Soldiers Buried in the Athens City Cemeteries" which was given an Award of Distinction in 2012 by the East Tennessee Historical Society. 

Their mission is to preserve history, one stone at a time.

Program Cost: Museum Members (Free); Non-members $5 (includes a tour of the Museum)

This Heritage School Program is sponsored by The C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

Sullins Cemetery.jpg
View Event →
11:30 AM11:30

Summer Luncheon "That Takes The Cake!"

The 2018 Summer Luncheon will feature New York Times Bestselling Author Anne Byrn. 

Anne will share recipe tips from her book "American Cake", which features the history of cake-baking from Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the stories and recipes behind more than 125 of our best-loved cakes!

You will also be able to purchase one of her books. Anne is the bestselling author of the Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbook series. Formerly food editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a graduate of La Varenne E'cole de Cuisine in Paris, Ann lives with her family in Nashville.

In addition to Anne; Patti Greek, owner of Greeks Bearing Gifts will enlighten the guest on tablescape ideas. This luncheon will be one that "Takes the Cake!"

Bring your appetite as lunch will be catered by Ambiance Catering!

Delightful drinks start at 11:30 AM              Lunch starts at 12:00 PM

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Museum.

Event location: 522 West Madison Avenue, Athens, TN 37303 


Event Sponsor: Starr Regional Medical Center

Summer Luncheon American Cake.jpg
View Event →
12:00 PM12:00

Hot Wheels & Hot Dogs "Celebrating 50 Years"

Hot Wheels is a brand of die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. The Museum is celebrating 50 years of Hot Wheels!

Bring one of your favorite Hot Wheels collectible and enjoy a "show & tell" time with others as Tony Dotson shares about the history of Hot Wheels and shows a few tricks on the tracks!

Not only will you get to play with cars, you can add your favorite topping at the hot dog bar!

Lunch will be provided. Please call the Museum to register, 423-745-0329

Program cost: Free to Museum members; $5 non-members

Heritage School is sponsored by the C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

View Event →
10:30 AM10:30

Making Corn Husk Dolls

Making Corn husk dolls (for ages 6-12)

By:  Maria Goetz

This Heritage School Program will include visual arts, social studies, interacting and storytelling. Program participant will learn how to make dolls from corn husks (shucks) like the Native American and Pioneer children did years ago. Then use your imagination to decorate the dolls! 

Program cost: Free to Museum members; $5 non-members

Please call to register, 423-745-0329


Corn Husk.jpg
View Event →
10:30 AM10:30

Old Traditional Bluegrass

“Old Traditional Bluegrass” by Rusty Nails Bluegrass Band

Enjoy some “pickin” and “grinnin” with refreshments and old time bluegrass music played and sung by a group of fellows that love traditional music. Doug Purdy and friends will have you patting your feet and clapping your hands!  Doug said his group has been getting together for about eleven years at the Mexi Wing.  They are not really a formal band says Purdy but just a group of local guys that get together for some “good wholesome bluegrass music.” Purdy goes on to say that “each song has a story.”  Bluegrass goes back to the roots of America when Irish, Scottish and English immigrants brought their own music styles.

Afterwards, browse the Museum Antique Quilt Show.

Program cost: Free to Museum members; $5 non-members

Heritage School is sponsored by the C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

View Event →
5:00 PM17:00

Book Signing & Reception

Meet the authors of the new book "Stories Among The Threads" written by Suzanne McDowell and Mary Alton (Museum Curator). This book is a sampling of the Museum's Antique Quilt Collection. The book will be on sale for $20, normally a $28 value; and you can then have it signed by the authors.

While you mingle with friends enjoy delicious food hosted by Ambiance Catering. Also take the time to tour the beautiful quilt exhibit that is located on three floors throughout the Museum.

Stop by the Museum for an evening threaded together with a lovely ambiance for the entire community! This event is free and open to the public.

View Event →
to Jul 28

Antique Quilt Show

A  collection of Museum antique quilts on display during the month of June 2018.

Take a self-guided tour to view over 50 beautiful antique quilts that are on exhibit on three levels throughout the Museum. Several of the quilts are linked to the Irish, Scottish, English and African-American life styles of our county. Some are documented in our new quilt book, “Stories Among the Threads” written by Mary Alton and Suzanne McDowell. Tour cost: Free to Museum members; $5 non-members, $3 Senior Adults/Students

The Museum is open Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM) and Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Closed on Sunday - Monday.

Tour admission: Adults $5.00, Senior adults/Students $3.00

View Event →