Flea Market, 8am to 2pm at Balsam Grove Community Center.
Bob Plott - History of Plott Hound & connection to history of Southern Highlands
On March 12, as part of the Headwater Outfitter's Plott Hound exhibit and to celebrate the mountain culture of the Southern Highlands and Transylvania County, Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting Bob Plott: direct descendent of breed originator Johannes Plott, author, Plott Hound breeder, wood-carver, sketch artist, martial artist and historcial re-enactor for a full day of history, storeis (both true and tall tales) and fun! Bob's program is free to the public and attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Nannie, the Plott Hound with her own blog!
From 10 a.m. to noon Bob will talk about the history of the Plott Hound Breed and the intimate connection of these dogs to the history of the Southern Highlands. The program will be based on Bob's book, Strike and Stay:The Story of the Plott Hound. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bob will focus on a history of hunting and the legendary hunters of the Southern Highlands. Drawn from his two books, Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands and A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains, Bob brings these larger than life characters to the audience in a highly entertaining program.
Particular attention will be paid to the Gillespie family of Transylvania County (East Fork). The Gillespies not only owned and hunted with Plott Hounds, they also produced the Gillespie Mountain rifle, one of the most popular hunting rifles in this region for many decades. Headwaters Outfitters will also have an authentic Gillespie rifle and its accoutrements on loan for Bob's Program and for the run of the exhibit.