Happy Independence Day everyone!

Posted by | July 4, 2011

anvil shooting preparationGet yourself over to Norris, TN today if you can, and treat yourself and the family to an authentic Appalachian Fourth of July tradition: the anvil shoot.

The Museum of Appalachia will be celebrating the day with an explosion of sound. Says their website: Folks as far as 15 miles away have reported hearing our Anvil Shoot, and certainly everyone gathered for the excitement feels the earth shake under their feet.

Anvil shooting used to be a fairly common way that rural folks celebrated special events–they “shot the anvil” to celebrate the nation’s Independence, Christmas, and even Davy Crockett’s election to the U.S. Congress. A few years ago, two men, each more than 100 years old, watched the Museum’s anvil shoot and recalled this tradition from their early boyhood.

So shooting the anvil has come to be the highlight of the Museum’s fabulous July 4th Celebration. Along with the big boom several times during the day, there are patriotic ceremonies and lots of music—the old-time mountain music and folk tunes of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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  • Carol Barnhart says:

    Dave, I have been a ‘local history’ fanatic since childhood and in researching a term paper for my college history class (in my own version of Grammy goes to college) I came across a couple of posts about Skyland, which is what I am writng about-the beginnings of the Shenandoah National Park and how it impacted the local population both short and long term. 94 acres was taken from my great-grandfather’s farm for the park so it’s a subject near to my heart having heard my Gram tell the stories for years. I would like to correspond with you on the subject if you can find the time. Please contact me. Thanks!

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