Falls Mill & Castle Gwynn: Renaissance Festival Tour
We will meet at 8am at Dunham's parking lot in Scottsboro. We will make one stop in Skyline, AL at the Food Valu parking lot to pick up riders from that area at 8:40am. Everyone please eat breakfast before boarding the bus. Lunch will be around noon. Stop One - Nestled in a lush green cove along the banks of beautiful Factory Creek stands historic Falls Mill. Built in 1873 as a cotton and woolen factory, the mill was later converted for use as a cotton gin, then as a wood working shop and grist mill. Today the mill houses the Museum of Power and Industry, Inc. and the 32 foot waterwheel still powers machinery on four levels of the building. Antique machinery related to the mill’s history is exhibited on the first two floors of the building. The mill stones, broom making equipment, printing press, and dog powered butter churn are on the first level. The country store, player piano, and weaving exhibit room are on the second floor.
Hand looms, spinning wheels and a rare collection of 19th century power looms and wool carding machines are also on display. We will begin our tour with an introductory video of the history of the mill, then take a 45-minute private guided tour through the Mill and learn more about the history and items on display. After the guided tour, you will have time to walk the scenic grounds and visit the gift stores on your own. Make sure to taste the Grits & Cornmeal. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is one flight of stairs and a few uneven pathways outside. No elevators. Stop Two - Lunch at John T's. This restaurant is not just a restaurant, it is a museum of collectibles from our history. Young and old will appreciate and reminisce of days gone by. When you first walk through the gates of John T's you already know that there is a great surprise waiting inside this historical building. They are serious about their “BBQ”. And, it’s all smoked on the premises. The menu has some down-home items like hoecakes, hand-battered fried green tomatoes, beans and greens. Momma would approve. And, if you want some beef brisket that melts in your mouth, then John Ts is the right place. You can also enjoy ice cold salads, hand-breaded catfish, nachos, fried jalapenos and burgers like none other around. With a menu that's sure to please everyone, no one will be left out; even the little ones have their own menu. Stop Three - After lunch we will travel back to 16th Century England with a tour of Castle Gwynn, the castle used in the filming of Taylor Swift's video "Love Story". Castle Gwynn, a full size replica of a twelfth century border castle, welcomes festival-goers to tour the 1st floor and castle grounds. The RoseDan-Freeman Weaponry Collection and Imogene Stones' Tapestry Collection will be on display at the castle. Next, we will visit the Village of Covington Glen as it comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Festival. You'll see colorful pageantry of costumed villagers, artisan and musicians, laugh with merry entertainers, and cheer for your favorite knight in a full armoured joust. We will share the music, thrill at exciting stage presentations, jousting events, and much more - it's incredible entertainment for all ages and a must-see for the entire family. Over 60 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their wares. Admission to the festival is included in your ticket price. This gives you access to all stage shows and competitions (see partial list below). Beer Garden Royal Joust Rukus Birds of the Gauntlet Robin Hood Opps. Knife Throwing Axel The Sot Pub Singing And soooo much more. If you decide to ride rides, enter competitions, purchase items such as food, drinks, swords, etc., that will be at your own expense. Have fun. Bring Cash. No credit cards are accepted at the festival. Quick tips: Cash will be required to purchase Food, Beverages, Rides, Games, and Souvenirs. NO ATM AVAILABLE. Pets are not allowed at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Patrons - including children - bringing or buying swords at the festival must have the sword sheathed andpeace-tied with a cable tie at all times, for safety reasons. Please have your sword peace-tied with a cable tie when you arrive, for inspection at the entrance.Arrows must have tips removed. The festival reserves the right to refuse any weapon that is not properly peace-tied or otherwise deemed to be unsafe. Costume masks cannot cover the full face. Masks that cover the forehead to the nose will be acceptable if eyes can be seen and vision is not impaired. The festival reserves the right to refuse any mask that they feel is unsafe. Firearms, working or replicas, and including toy guns, are not permitted on the festival grounds, castle grounds, or parking areas. Possession of firearms on the festival or castle grounds will result in prosecution. No outside food or drinks allowed Learn more about the festival here: http://tnrenfest.com/entert.htm You will eat supper at the festival before we leave at 6pm. The festival offers everything from Huge Fried Turkey Legs to Shrimp on a Stick: Pulled Pork to Fried Oreos. Supper will be on your own so you can pick what food you want and how much $ you want to spend. BRING CASH. No credit cards are accepted at the festival. We should arrive back in Scottsboro by 8pm. $89 - Anyone age 13 and over $75 - Age 12 and under Price includes round trip transportation by charter bus with bathroom onboard. Admission and a private tour of Falls Mill. A scrumptious meal at John T's Restaurant. Admission and tour of Castle Gwynn. Admission to the Renaissance Festival and all stage shows and competitions. You will also have extra time to visit the gift shops, take photos and tour on your own. This would be a great trip for all ages..