Skilled park rangers and master cultural volunteer demonstrators will once again be leading hands-on workshops this summer at the historic area of Mabry Mill, milepost 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The public is invited to come and learn a new skill and help keep these traditions alive!
There is a small fee to cover materials so participants can take their handiwork home. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Call the Park Service Visitor Center at (540) 745-9662 for more information or to reserve a spot.
Broom Making Workshop at Mabry Mill
Saturday, July 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Learn to make an Appalachian style whisk broom using string, broom corn, and a few simple tools.
Materials Fee: $10.00
Chair Bottoming Workshop at Mabry Mill
Saturday, August 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Weave a split bottom seat for a wooden chair. We provide the reed. You bring a wooden chair without a seat to finish in class.
Materials Fee: $10
Basic Blacksmithing at Mabry Mill
Friday, September 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Explore the mystical world of blacksmithing in a century old shop. Learn the fundamentals of the trade and take home your own hand-forged wall hook.
No fee—class limited to five students.