Statehood Day Festivities on Saturday

Yes, the official holiday this holiday weekend is Memorial Day. But did you know Saturday is also Statehood Day in Tennessee? This is the 215th anniversary of the founding of the Volunteer State. (Well, the anniversary is technically next Wednesday, June 1, but who celebrates on Wednesdays?) In celebration of that hallowed day in 1796, many of our local historical attractions are opening their doors for free on Saturday. Among those participating:

• Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Crescent Bend, 2728 Kingston Pike. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• James White Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave. Open Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Marble Springs, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

• Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.