In a tradition dating back to the 1820s, the historic Netherland Inn will once again celebrate the Christmas season with good food, music, and beautiful all-natural period decorations provided by the masterful touch of local garden clubs.  When Richard and Margaret Netherland entertained family, friends, and neighbors at Christmas, people came by horseback, wagon, and carriage to enjoy this elegant party.  While guests may arrive now by other means, the atmosphere is still the same and the invitation is open.

This year’s 1818 Christmas at the Inn will take place Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The Ben Ellis Band will perform on Friday, the popular Celtic band, Sigean, will return on Saturday night, and Celtic harpist, Sandra Parker, of Abingdon will perform on Sunday. Historic re-enactors John Byington, Rick Ragle, and Scott Smith, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, John S. Mosby Camp, will be in the Inn Friday and Saturday to interact with each other as Confederate and Union soldiers and to visit with guests as they discuss the Battle of Kingsport which took place December 13, 1864.  The SCV will hold a ceremony to honor and commemorate the Battle of Kingsport on Saturday morning at 10:00 at the battle monument at the forks of the Holston River.  The public is invited to attend this impressive ceremony.

This year Ms. Tammy Fletcher and two friends will arrive at the Inn in regency dress and will portray a period tea in the East Tavern Room on Saturday.  These ladies are willing to discuss period dress and foods with interested parties.

A new addition to the 1818 Christmas this year will be six artists from the Kingsport Art Guild who will display their works in the schoolhouse cabin along with well-known local artisan, Robin Hillman. Robin enjoys turning old wood into unique works of art including Christmas ornaments, yard stakes, and other holiday decorations.  Guests are invited to enjoy a cup of hot cider while they view and perhaps purchase some of the wonderful art works.

Tickets for the 1818 Christmas at the Inn are $10 per person (children six and under free with a paying adult; $25 maximum for families with children over age 6).  Tickets may be purchased upon arrival in the gift shop cabin at the parking lot or on the first floor of the Inn.  All proceeds from the 1818 Christmas party go toward maintenance and restoration of the Netherland inn and Boatyard, the only site on the national Register of Historic Places to have been both a boatyard and a stagecoach stop.

The Netherland Inn is located at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport, TN 37660.  Ample parking is available in the rear of the complex, off Lilac Street.  For more information call Carolyn Allen at 677-3263 or Jennifer Light at 677-1640.