The Doak House Museum will provide guests with an opportunity to experience life in the 19th century firsthand with a series of fun activities at the annual Autumn Harvest Day.

The event is free and will be held at the museum Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Among the activities will be making ink with walnuts, writing with quill pens, creating corn husk dolls and playing 19th century pub games. Attendees will also be able to explore the scientific developments behind optical illusion toys that led to a revolution in film and animation. These hands-on learning stations will feature interactive elements and items people can take home.

This family-friendly event will also include house tours.

Students in Dr. Katherine Everhart’s service learning class at Tusculum University helped plan and implement Autumn Harvest Day.

“It’s a treat to work with enthusiastic, energetic students to host this event for the public,” said Dollie Boyd, the museum’s director. “It will be a fun day for the community as they learn more about the Doak House and understand the way people spent their lives long ago.”

The nonprofit museum was established in 1975. Its mission is to collect interpret, research, preserve and exhibit the original Doak House, college-related artifacts since 1794, Doak family artifacts from 1830-1860, educational and religious materials and documents from Northeast Tennessee.

For more information, please call the museum at 423-636-8554 or email