Learn firsthand the arts of spinning, weaving, knitting, rug-hooking
Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists partnered with the Historic Johnson Farm to transform an original boarding house into a fiber arts center that encourages a knowledge and appreciation of fiber craft. As school children and the public tour the farm, they can see and experience hands-on learning in the fiber arts, including weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning, and knitting. Hosting an annual Fiber Art Expo, the group invites visitors to meet the group’s instructors, watch demonstrations and sign up for classes.
During the first half of the 20th century, the Johnson family ran a working farm that also served as a summer tourist retreat. The handmade brick farmhouse was constructed in 1880,and a boarding house was added in 1923 to hold the overflow of guests. Visitors came to enjoy the healthy mountain hospitality and good food of Sallie Johnson, known as “Aunt Sallie” to friends and guests. Visitors helped with farm chores, but also enjoyed front porch rocking chairs, cool evenings, square dances and Sunday ice cream. In 1987, Aunt Sallie’s sons, Vernon and Leander Johnson, willed their farm and possessions to the Henderson County Board of Education as a lasting example of a mountain farm for the children of Henderson County.
Visitors to the Historic Johnson Farm today can walk the grounds, take a self-guided audio tour, visit with the farm animals, and enjoy the nature trails. Something that can be experienced anytime is the group’s dye garden. This lovely garden is full of native plants that spinners and weavers have used to dye fibrous materials.
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