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“Step back in time”
Review of Exchange Place

Exchange Place
Ranked #7 of 25 things to do in Kingsport
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Wonderful learning experiences to be had here. Love the cabins and sheep.

1  Thank scodkokno
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

A look back to the early days of Kingsport. Exchange Place represents and has recreated a replica of where earlier travelers wound their way into this area. It's a historic reproduction of farming and buildings.

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Reviewed May 13, 2012

If they have one of the festivals there is more to see here. Otherwise there is not much to do.

3  Thank Jennifer J
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

I live not far from Exchange Place and have been many times for different events. The volunteers have done a great job preserving the site and keeping it well maintained while still keeping it authentic. They have several events throughout the year that are worth going to.

If you just going to stop by I suggest checking ahead. They are rarely open unless there is an event going on.

2  Thank rsiggins
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

The Exchange Place/Gaines-Preston Farm is staffed by volunteers and is only open a handful of times/year. There is a fee--50 cents for children; 1 dollar for adults. Since it is a volunteer organization, we usually just give the older gentleman at the gate 5 dollars. Basically, Exchange Place hosts a couple of craft fairs, a Halloween event, and a Christmas event each year in addition to a "farm" day. Most of the vendors sell real crafts with a pioneer spirit--old-fashioned brooms, latch-hook primitive hangings, etc. (Of course, some of the vendors sell junk, but there aren't many of those and they tend to be segregated.) In addition, the Overmountain Weavers Guild sets up shop, selling wares and demonstrating carding, weaving, etc., and the county 4H kids sell food and farm-y things to raise revenue.
The site has several historic farm buildings, most of which sit in their original locations. Docents dressed in period garb (early 19th cent.) demonstrate life/work/entertainment of the time, and the farm is "staffed" with several farm animals of the type and breed one would have found on an antebellum farm (cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, horses). The website provides a calendar of events. We never miss. If I could live at Exchange Place, I would.

5  Thank RickKennedy
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