Cradle of Forestry 2012 Season Kicks Off April 14

Release Date: Mar 26, 2012  

Pisgah Forest, N.C. --The Cradle of Forestry in America historic site will begin the 2012 season on April 14 with a living history event, “Old Time Plowing and Folkways.”

David and Diane Burnette from Haywood County will demonstrate how their Percheron draft horses work the land the old way. Weather permitting, they will plow the Cradle’s vegetable garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail and teach a skill that was once familiar to many. 

The Cradle of Forestry’s living history volunteers will interpret blacksmithing, wood carving and spinning among the historic buildings. Visitors can also learn how to make their own corn husk doll. Toward the end of the day, fiddle tunes will fill the air by the garden.

The Cradle of Forestry will be open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., from April 14 - November 4. A new addition this year is the newly paved “Discovery Trail.” The 1.3-mile moderately difficult, yet accessible, trail addition provides an excellent opportunity to avoid the crowds and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. At various times during the season, living history volunteers will demonstrate wood crafts, fiber arts, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, broom making and candle making. The Giving Tree Gift Shop at the Cradle offers many of their creations.

Other events planned in 2012 include a June 16 Twilight Firefly Tour, the Songcatchers Music Series Sunday afternoons in July, and Forest Festival Day October 6. Visitors can enjoy guided trail tours, interpretive programs and rotating exhibits through the season. Visit www.cradleofforestry.comfor details and updates.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and those with America the Beautiful passes and federal Golden Passports. After several years of providing free access on Tuesdays, this practice will be discontinued and regular admission fees will be charged. Admission includes the 30-minute film, There’s Magic at the Cradle, the Forest Discovery Center with 15 hands-on exhibits, scavenger hunts, a firefighting helicopter simulator, historic cabins, antique equipment and forest scenery on three paved trails, as well as the living history demonstrations. It also includes The Adventure Zone, designed to reach children with autism and engage young families.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to