Discover one of Greene County’s historic treasures and maybe find a few treasures of your own at the Doak House Museum “Trail Sale” on Saturday, May 15.
The Doak House Museum, the early 19th century home of one of Tusculum College’s co-founders, will be hosting the special event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will feature the sale of a variety of items from collectibles to crafts as well as tours of the historic home.
The “Trail Sale” will take place along the historic wagon trail, whose route wound between the front of the Doak House and Frank Creek.
Featured in the trail sale will be a variety of “gently used” items that have been donated for the event including collectibles, housewares, decorative items, crafts, Christmas ornaments, books and a variety of other items.
The Trail Sale will also include items from the Doak House Museum Shop, which features children’s toys, decorative items and old-fashioned sweet treats.
Tours of the historic home will also be available during the Trail Sale. The house was built in the early 1830s and was the home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak and his family. Rev. Doak and his father founded Tusculum Academy, which later became Tusculum College. A large portion of the modern campus covers property that was once part of Rev. Doak’s farm.
All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the Doak House Museum’s curriculum-based educational programs, camps and special events such as the recent “Lessons from the Lawn,” which introduced students from three counties to what life would have been like on an 19th century farm. Through its educational programs, the museum serves more than 8,000 school children from the region each year.
The Doak House Museum, along with the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, are managed by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College, which also oversees the archives of the oldest college in Tennessee and offers one of the few undergraduate museum studies degree programs in the country.
The Museums of Tusculum College are now on Facebook and Twitter. Visit these social media sites for instant updates on programs and events on the individual pages for the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.