Welcome to the Witches Wynd 2021
Beginning on Friday, October 22, 2021 and available right through October 31, 2021 – Halloween night, when witches ride the night sky – you will be able to experience tales of the macabre, the paranormal, the unexplained, all from the comfort of your home.
If you’ve ever participated in Witches Wynd, you know what a special treat it is. And if you have never experienced it before, now would be the perfect time to see why it has been one of the area’s most popular Halloween events for more than a quarter-century. This year all the stories can be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room. Gather your family and enjoy these wonderfully spooky tales from our amazing storytellers.
Witches Wynd 2021 has now ended. Please check back next year for more fun.
About Witches Wynd 2021
We may be tired of hearing it, but the COVID-19 virus continues to dominate our thinking as to what to do and how to do it. In the case of Exchange Place, the Steering Committee decided that the Fall Folk Arts Festival could be held in September as a modified, outdoor-only event, and that proved to be very successful. However, the always-popular Witches Wynd (that second word is pronounced “why-nd,” rhymes with “kind”), does not have that luxury. These in-person, Halloween-themed series of stories are best told live and inside many of the antebellum structures that allow Exchange Place to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This means that some two-dozen audience members are shoulder-to-shoulder with one another in small, enclosed spaces, the type of environment in which the virus thrives. It is not our goal to allow COVID-19 to breed.
It IS our goal, however, to continue our long-standing tradition of providing quality stories. Therefore, for this 29th edition, we will, for the second consecutive year, offer Witches Wynd as a virtual affair.
Meet this year's amazing performers.
Judy (Butterfly) Farlow
Hannah Harvey, Ph.D.
Katie Hoffman, Ph.D.
What is Exchange Place?
Exchange Place is a non-profit, volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional attraction that seeks to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts pertaining to mid-19 th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.
How did Witches Wynd get started?
Witches Wynd (that second word is pronounced “why-nd,” rhymes with “kind”), was begun by Exchange Place volunteer Billee Moore nearly thirty years ago. Vacationing in Scotland with her husband in the early 1990s, they took an evening tour that featured spooky stories while they walked through cemeteries and “wynds,” which we would call alleys. Upon returning to Kingsport, she adapted the idea for Exchange Place, and it became an instant hit. Under normal circumstances, with only a limited number of spaces, it sells out quickly. We are still battling with Covid-19, so this year’s virtual version will be available to everyone!
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