SPARTA — The National Park Service will celebrate the life and times of Carolyn and Martin Brinegar and the rich cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every family has a story to tell — and to remember. The National Park Service will celebrate those stories at the Brinegar Celebration at the Brinegar Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors will be able to chat with members of local historical societies and meet descendants of Martin and Caroline Brinegar. Ranger/historian Mike Ryan will give a presentation on collecting and preserving one’s own family and community’s history at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Demonstrations of early Blue Ridge life will include flax processing, food preservation, spinning and dying. Come string some leather britches, meet a sheep or help stir the applebutter — these activities are all free of charge. The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway organization provides financial support for this program. For more information on this Blue Ridge Parkway partner, contact 800-228-PARK (7275) or www.BlueRidgeFRIENDS.org.
Park rangers are on duty at Brinegar Cabin Milepost 238 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October presenting 20th Century cultural demonstrations. For more information or to schedule a special program, call the Doughton Park Interpretive Office at 336-372-1947.