The Good Old Days Museum opened April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, 2022. We have made many changes to most of our displays. If you decide to visit this Friday or Saturday you probably will find us still hard at work to make our information as up-to-date as possible. If you are new to the area or have grown up in the area and you want to know more about the local history then this is the place for that information. Hours will be 9am to 4pm each day. We ask for a $3 donation if you are 18 years and older. If you are eight to seventeen we ask for a $2 donation. Any child younger than eight will be allowed in for free. If you are not familiar with Soddy-Daisy we are located at 11298 Wall Street in the old section of Soddy. We are in the 101 year old Soddy Bank. By the way, if you have any old Soddy, Daisy, Mowbray or Flattop Mountain photos or historical items bring it by the museum, we would love to see them. If you are looking for a place to leave them instead of throwing the items in the trash we would love to have them to save. Hope to see you soon!
2022 Fall Events
Pioneer Day November 5th
On Saturday, November 5th, for a day, the City of Soddy-Daisy and the Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association will take you back in time. Beginning at 9am there will be not only a Civil War encampment but a Mountain Men encampment and also a cowboy encampment. You can view the group going through what would have been a daily routine in the period of time they are portraying. The cowboys will recreate a deadly shootout which actually took place in Knoxville in 1882 where three men were killed. The front of Poe’s Tavern will become a bank building at 10am, 12 noon and then at 2pm. There will be an 1877 cider press in operation making apple cider. This is one of the children’s favorite thing to do while visiting the event. They put the apples in the press, turn the handle and watch the ground apples fall underneath and then they can mash the juice from the apples into a bucket. Everyone will get to sample the fruits of their labor. There will be a number of East Tennessee Historical Members there with a Revolutionary War period encampment. A group of them came last year and have agreed to come back and bring more reenactors. Also, at this site is a hand operated 100 year old corn sheller. The dried corn on the cob is fed in the top and the kernels are removed from the ear and the corn falls underneath and is collected in a wooden box. This corn is then fed into another machine that cracks the corn small enough for chickens to eat. There will be live animals on site for the kids to feed this corn. There will be soap made by hand. Quilts will be made on site by hand as well. There will be a display of Soddy rifles. In the replica cabin of Hasten Poe will be open hearth cooking. Someone may be showing how logs were split for shingles and also how logs were hewed with a broad axe. There will be a blacksmith or two on site. Someone will be whittling. There will live period music. A group from Red Clay State Park will have live demonstrations of Cherokee Indians and their use of the blowgun, an atlatl weight, a war club and a flintlock rifle. There will be old time children’s games as well as a small train for the kids to ride. The event will end at 4pm. We hope you will come and spend some time with us at 9385 Dayton Pike next to the Soddy-Daisy City Hall.
The event is free but we do ask for donations. It costs money to put on an event such as this.
Food will be provided by the Soddy-Daisy Volunteer Fire Department.
For information call 423.718.0528
Carlos Wilson at the 2019 Pioneer Day with his Trail of Tears Historical Display.