EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written before any possible cancellations was announced due to the recent coronavirus pandemic. Dates on this event, as with other events, are subject to change.
A Jefferson County tourist tradition is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 2. with the opening of Glemore Mansion to tourists.
The same weekend, the mansion, located at 1280 North Chucky Pike in Jefferson City, will host its annual Garden Market on May 2.
JoAnne Vest, a volunteer with Glenmore Mansion, said that the mansion opens on the first weekend of May each year.
“It’s really the first day of the regular tour season,” Vest said. “The mansion is open from the first Saturday in May to the last Sunday in October. We happen to have the Garden Market in the first Saturday in May.”
This year’s event is the 21st annual event since the mansion was donated to Jefferson County as a historic siite in 1999.
“The Garden Market was a fundraising idea for the mansion,” Vest said. “It’s gone well each year so we’ve continued it. It’s one of our major fundraisers.”
Proceeds from the Garden Market goes to the upkeep, repairs and ongoing restoration of Glenmore Mansion.
Vest said that local vendors sell plants, garden art and all kinds of yard items, making it a true garden market.
“We are usually the first sale of strawberries of the season,” Vest said. “When Scott’s strawberries are ready, we get a load of them to sell at the market.”
Among the activities at the Garden Market is the popular “Tea Time” tent.
“We have a luncheon in the tent that includes strawberry shortcake,” she said. “We have a lot of people to come for the strawberry shortcake.”
Along with the tours, the Garden Market also features flowers of all kinds, garden plants, herbs and vegetable plants. Entertainment will also be provided.
There is no admission charge to the Garden Market, but tours of the house are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Glenmore Mansion is Jefferson County’s only public house museum. Built by John Roper Branner in 1868, it is one of the southeast’s best examples of a second empire architecture still standing today.
In 2018, Glenmore Mansion celebrated the 150th anniversary of its construction. Throughout its life, it has seen the history of Mossy Creek (Jefferson City) unfold. Whereas the town itself has changed…its people, its buildings, its character, its name…Glenmore has remained a consistent landmark and representation of the original town of Mossy Creek, Tennessee.
Throughout the year, Glenmore engages the community through regular seasonal tours along with special events like the Spring Garden Market and the Christmas Candlelight Tours.
If you’re looking for a location to hold any sort of event, regardless of the size, Glenmore Mansion is an ideal setting. Whether it be luncheons, baby and wedding showers, birthday and anniversary celebrations, even family reunions are held at Glenmore. Year-round, Glenmore Mansion is a popular location for both indoor and outdoor weddings.
For more information, see www.glenmoremansion.com or call 865-475-5014. Mailing Address is P.O. Box 403 Jefferson City, TN 37760.