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Spring Fest in the Grove

Fiddlers Grove will sponsor “Spring Fest in the Grove” April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The event is FREE! There will be numerous vendors with items for sale to help you with Spring ideas and get you started with your gardening for the year. Different garden groups will also be here with their plants for sale. Several notable authorities will be available for you to ask questions.

Tanner Romsdal with Tennessee Wildlife Resource Authority will be here discussing small mammals of Tennessee.

Dr. Alan Windham, University of Tennessee’s plant pathologist will be here to diagnose fungi and bacteria on your plants. (Please bring plant parts in zipped clear bags.)

Linda Robertson, Naturalist with Cedars of Lebanon State Park will be here to share information about butterflies and the gardens they need.

Cynthia Winfield, Certified Master Gardener, will discuss composting and its benefits to your garden.

Marianne Pelletier will introduce our newest addition to Fiddlers Grove, The History Garden.

We will also have an area set aside just for kids. Plan to put this on your calendar and come out for a very informative and fun day at Fiddlers Grove.

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Christmas Magic Drive Through

The 2016 Festival of Lights will open at the James E. Ward Ag Center at 5:00 p.m. on November 25th with over 500,000 lights covering the Ag Center and the Historic Fiddlers Grove Village.  The annual event has many new additions and you will enter through the Main Gate of the James E. Ward Ag Center in front of the new Convention Center.  As you drive through the village you will experience a visit with Santa and the historic buildings will come to life in a grand fashion as you experience the Christmas Season. 

The Festival of Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through December.  The price is $10.00 per car and $25.00 per small bus.  The Festival of Lights is located at 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tennessee.  For more information call 615-443-2626.

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Fiddlers Grove Ghost in the Grove

Fiddlers Grove Presents

7th Annual

Ghosts in the Grove

October 7, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

Fiddlers Grove
945 E. Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087

Stories, Spooky Walks, Food, Fun for Kids
Free Music

$7.00 - Ages 12 and Up
$5.00 - Ages 6-12
5 and Under - FREE
$20.00 - Family Pass (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)


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Fiddlers Grove Theatre Presents Orson Welles - War of the Worlds

A Dinner Theatre Friday, October 7 in the Veterans Building.  There is a concert by Brother Trouble, a well-known Nashville band that has toured with Kenny Chesney and they live right here in Wilson County. 
A buffet meal will be served at 6:30.  After the meal and concert, everyone will be entertained by the Fiddlers Grove Players with a re-enactment of Orson Welles - War of the Worlds - Radio Broadcast.
Tickets available at the Fair Office or phone orders can be called in to 615-443-2626 and paid with Credit Card.  You can pick up your tickets at the door.
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DON'T MISS - Christmas in July - Fiddlers Grove Historical Village!!

On July 15, 16, and 17. Fiddlers Grove will be alive with vendors selling their hand-crafted items.   Plan to shop for beautifully made items for yourself as well as for special ones at Christmas. The booths will be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday the 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is free to the public.

The crafters are from Wilson County and surrounding counties. You can expect to see designer soaps, locally made jewelry, hand-crafted baby items and clothing, embroidery, crochet and knitted items, candles, wire sculpture, paintings, jams, jellies, fiber art pieces, woodworking and much more.

Fiddlers Grove is located inside the James E. Ward Agriculture Center at 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon. For more information, call 615-443-2626.

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Christmas in July

On July 15, 16 and 17 Fiddlers Grove, located inside the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, will be alive with vendors selling hand-crafted items.  Please put this date on your calendar so you won't miss a great shopping adventure.  There will be beautifully made items for yourself as well as for specials ones at Christmas.  The booths will be open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday the 17th, they will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is free to the public.

The crafters are from Wilson County and surrounding counties.  You can expect to see designer soaps, locally made jewelry, hand-crafted baby items and clothing, embroidery, crochet and knitted items, candles, wire sculpture, paintings, jams, jellies, fiber art pieces, woodworking and much more.

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Fiddlers Grove Offers Kidz Kamp

Fiddlers Grove will offer another Kidz Kamp on July 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This camp will offer art, rope making & weaving, basket making and rag doll creations.  After the class, your child can visit the miniature train museum, build a log cabin with Lincoln Logs and then visit a blacksmith at work.  The camp will take a minimum of 2 hours.  The ages are 6-12, the cost is $25, and class sizes are limited so reservations must be made in advance by calling Gwen at 615-443-2626.

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Fiddlers Grove Offers 2nd Annual Kidz Kamp

Kidz Kamp

Fiddlers Grove located at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center will offer its 2nd Annual Kidz Kamp for children ages 6-12.  The dates are June 2, June 10 and July 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  The cost is $25.00 per child.  Your child must be registered before the class to ensure the artisan has enough supplies for the class they are teaching.  Class sizes are limited so that the instructor can give your child undivided attention.

Your child will learn how to use their hands to create beautiful things.  The classes being offered are:

♦ Basket Making
♦ Sewing 101
♦ Art with Acrylics
♦ Weaving & Rope Making
♦ Making a Rag Doll

Call 615-443-2626 to register your child by phone.  You will meet at the General Store in Fiddlers Grove and pay for camp the  morning of the class.  As a bonus, after your child's class finishes their project, they will go to the Kidz Korner where they will build a log cabin with Lincoln Logs.  They may get to visit the blacksmith shop and see a blacksmith at work.  Then they will go to the grain museum where they will see HO scale model trains in action.

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Fiddlers Grove To Open Kidz Korner

Fiddlers Grove will open its newly remodeled barn by June 1 with a section called "Kidz Korner."  It will be open to children of all ages on "special" Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer so that they can learn the skill of building a log cabin made from Lincoln Logs.  Fiddlers Grove was honored to be provided several building kits by the company that makes Lincoln Logs as an addition to our effort to educate children.  The Grove is continuing to locate old games that children can play much as their parents and grandparents did in days gone by.

We hope to continue adding new games and will post in our blog on our website as well as on Facebook so that the public can be aware of what is being offered.

Kidz Korner will become a part of the annual Kidz Kamp that will be offered to children on June 3, and June 10.  Additional Kidz Kamp may be offered in July.  Watch this post often for updates on new offerings.

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Spring Garden Festival at Fiddlers Grove
Saturday, April 30, 2016

It’s that time of year when we start planning where we are going to put our flowers, what kind we need to buy, and how many tomato plants we need this year.  If you are looking for a great place to purchase your plants and help a nonprofit organization at the same time, then look no further.  Come out to Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and buy your plants from the Master Gardeners.  In addition to the plant sale, there will be garden presentations and tours of Fiddlers Grove.  A tree dedication will be held in honor of Geneva and Carlton Thomas at 1:00 p.m.    Don’t forget to stop by the Pole Barn and see what the various vendors have for sale.  Remember Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  Where else can you enjoy a peaceful setting, fulfill your garden needs and learn about bees, gourds, how to garden and more?  Admission is free so we hope to see you there.

For additional information call 615-443-2626.

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Fiddlers Grove Opens April 1, 2016

"Come Step Back In Time" as Fiddlers Grove Opens

Fiddlers Grove opens April 1 at 10:00 a.m. to kick off the 2016 season with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.  Artisans will be dressed in period clothing and share their crafts with visitors.  The blacksmiths will be working in their shop and the General Store will be stocked with snacks and drinks.  We welcome you to visit the Grove to see the buildings and artifacts of years gone by.  There are over 50 buildings, gardens, antiques farm equipment, a grist mill, a cobbler shop and much more.  Bring a group of 10 or more and take a guided tour as you learn about the history of Wilson County and see how life was years ago.  Come for the ribbon cutting and plan to stay a while.

Fiddlers Grove is a great place to take pictures and enjoy a stroll, so be sure to bring your camera.

Admission:  $6.00, 5 and Under Free

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Fiddlers Grove Spring Festival

Fiddlers Grove Spring Festival - April 30, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Plan to visit Fiddlers Grove for their Spring Festival which will be loads of fun for the annual Spring Garden Show and Tours.  This year the tours will include gardens, arboretum trees and some historical buildings.  There will be vendors in the Pole Barn selling their spring related items.  We expect to have baby goats, possibly miniature horses and other fun stuff.

We hope you will come join us as we celebrate spring.  There is no admission charge.  Follow us on Facebook or for up-to-date information. 

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Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

The James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Wilson County Promotions and Fiddlers Grove Historical Village are getting ready for Christmas Festival of Lights!  We hope everyone will bring a car load and enjoy the thousands of lights and make memories with family and friends.  The light exhibits are coming along and everyone is working hard to be ready to open on Friday, November 27.  The picture is a sneak preview of the Winter Wonderland Scene which will include a horse and carriage and lighted trees.  You will also find other scenes on your route which includes a snowman scene and the trees of Christmas. The crowd favorite of the Grinch in the Jail will once again delight those that attend.  People from everywhere make the trip each year to enjoy the lights and we hope they will enjoy the new design and route for this year.

Cost is $10 per car and entrance to the Festival of Lights is on Peyton Road.  Just follow the signs.

The Festival of Lights will be open 5-9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27 and end on Sunday, December 27.

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Fiddlers Grove Craft Classes

Fiddlers Grove Offers Craft Classes

Join the artisans of Fiddlers Grove as you learn to make various crafts.  Fiddlers Grove is located inside the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tennessee.  Reservations are required as the class sizes are limited.  Class time is 10:00 a.m. to noon and the cost is $25.00.


October 9:  Basket Making, Weaving on a Triangle Loom and Art with Acrylics

October 23:  Basket Making, Basic Sewing and Machine Care, Dream Catchers, Macramé Bracelet, Pine Needle Baskets, Wreaths and Bow Making, Art with Acrylics and Weaving on a Triangle Loom

November 13:  Weaving on a Triangle Loom, Basic Sewing and Machine Care, Dream Catcher, Macramé Bracelet, Pine Needle Baskets and Art with Acrylics

Contact Gwen Scott at 615-443-2626 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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Dinner/Theatre - Fiddlers Grove

Dinner/Theatre - Fiddlers Grove


October 16, 2015 will be a dinner/theatre at Fiddlers Grove.  This will be an evening of suspense and mystery as Fiddlers Grove presents "WINNERS or LOSERS."  The audience will become part of the evening's mystery as they tour Fiddlers Grove.  Dinner will be served during the play so you must be there the entire time to help solve the mystery.  This should be a fun evening.

Reservations can be made for the Dinner/Theatre Show by calling 615-443-2626, with more information at

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Pioneer Days in Fiddlers Grove

Wilson County 4th Graders and Teachers

May 11, 2015

Join us for a free educational event in Fiddlers Grove.

Step back in time and hear stories of how life used to be in the 1800s.

Interactive Stations

  • Life in the Log Cabin Days (no lights, no running water, making their own soap)
  • Detached Kitchen (learn why the kitchen was separate from the house)
  • Beekeeping (learn how families used honey  to cook with and how they used the comb for medicinal purposes)
  • Education (learning in a one-room school house)
  • Sewing/Weaving (making clothing and household items)
  • Riding the Rails (stories of the railroad)
  • Grist Mill (grind corn into cornmeal)
  • Blacksmiths (making items necessary for living in the early days)
  • Music (listen to music played on a dulcimer)

Bring extra money and shop at the Fiddlers Grove General Store (drinks, candy, pencils, chalkboards, yoyos available.)

You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and coolers.  We will provide an area for your group.  Wear comfortable shoes and expect a fun day!

Call the Fiddlers Grove Office at 615-443-2626 and reserve your space.

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2nd Saturday - "Live at Fiddlers Grove!"

Fiddlers Grove Historical Village  “2nd Saturdays – Live at Fiddlers Grove”

Come join us for Bluegrass Music in Fiddlers Grove at the Veterans Building, Saturday, February 14 from 6-9 p.m.  The Sugar Ridge Band will be performing.  This event is free to the public.  Donations are appreciated.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase.

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Sugar Ridge Band Performing at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, Granville, Tennessee

For the past three years Sugar Ridge Bluegrass Band has performed at Fiddlers Grove, Lebanon on the second Saturday of each month. On February 7, they will perform for their first time at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, Granville.  One of nations top bluegrass shows is now broadcast all over the United States each Saturday night as well as other countries.  Helen McPeak, Manager of Wilson County Fair- Fiddlers Grove, stated, “Sugar Ridge is a great Bluegrass Band that has made our second Saturday night show into a major bluegrass event.  We are so proud of them and encourage others to go to Suttons Ole Time Music Hour on February 7 to show our support for them.”  Sutton Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show began on April 7, 2008, and has occurred each Saturday Night since that time. 

Reservations can be made for the Dinner Bluegrass Show by calling 931-653-4151 , with more information at

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October Events in Fiddlers Grove

Fiddlers Grove was was full of activity October 20 – 24, 2014. The Renegade Woodcarvers Roundup was in full capacity teaching woodcarving techniques. Steve Brown, the person responsible for this event, advised he has held two week-long classes each year at Fiddlers Grove beginning in 2004. Mr. Brown was recently inducted into the Caricature Carvers of America which is quite a prestigious honor. He is one of five teachers instructing the class of 52 people in caricature woodcarving. People from 17 states, Alaska, and two families from Canada, participated in the class. One lady, Cindy McDowell, is from Eagle River, Alaska. She advised she had been involved in woodcarving for about 15 years. Not only were the woodcarvers busy, but the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths also held its Jack Wheeler Instructional Workshop. They were at the Fiddlers Grove Blacksmith Shop from October 24 – 26, 2014. Wallace Gusler, a well-known craftsman instructed the class in Chase Hammer engraving. This is a technique used in carvings on antique firearms. Mr. Gusler comes from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has been a Master Gunsmith for 20 years, the Curator of Furniture for 10 years. Local Blacksmith Eddie Donnelly advised they were very fortunate to have Mr. Gusler as their instructor. There were 20 blacksmiths in this class and they came from all over Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia. Fiddlers Grove is honored to have such talented people visiting and utilizing the facilities in the Grove.
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Happenings in the Grove

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Fiddlers Grove Historical Village at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon held its 5th Annual Ghosts in the Grove on October 17, 2014. There were all kinds of witches, ghouls, and ghosts lurk
ing in the dark corners of the Grove, waiting to make an appearance when anyone ventured their way. The visitors gathered at the gate entrance and were welcomed by many spooky characters to take them on their tours. While they waited, they were greeted by a cat and its caretaker who manned the concessions and served hot dogs, chips, brownies, and plenty of hot chocolate. There were nine historic stories that had a ghostly twist. One of the highlights of the evening was a tour through the miniature train museum. Everyone had a “spooktacular” time. The folks in the Grove are already thinking about next year’s Ghosts in the Grove.

Mark your calendar for the October 2015 event and plan to come!

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Ghost In The Grove

Ghosts in the Grove

Fiddlers Grove in Lebanon is having its “Ghosts in the Grove” Saturday, October 18, 2014.

As the sun begins to set, the Ghosts in the Grove will begin their nightly walk as you hear stories that will chill or thrill you!  Family friendly.

Tickets go on sale at 6:00 p.m. and tours will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Adults $7, $5 for ages 6-12, 5 and under free or you can get a family pass for $20 that is good for two adults and up to three children.  There are ghost tours every half hour. 

For more information call 443-2626.

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