Backcountry Days Festival


September 7, 2019 | 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
3500 Shamrock Dr

Join the Charlotte Museum of History for our annual Backcountry Days Festival exploring the history and culture of the Carolina Backcountry’s early residents, including European colonists, enslaved people, and the Catawba Indian Nation, and the enduring traditions that impact our daily lives and artistic expression today.

Whether you are a family with kids, a retired history enthusiast, or a young professional, we have something for everyone! Bring a lawn chair or your picnic blanket and join us for an outdoor concert on the lawn of Mecklenburg County’s oldest surviving structure. Food will be available for purchase at the event.



Main Tent

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Old Time and Celtic Music

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Singer-Songwriter Music and Native American Storyteller

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Bluegrass and Country Music

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Contemporary Folk and Crossover Music

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Ron Hankins History Talks Lecture Series Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Featuring Laura Boosinger

Grounds of the Historic Homesite

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Cooking Demonstrations

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Historic Trades Demonstrations

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Open House of the Historic Rock House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Arts + Instrument Petting Zoo

Charlotte Museum of History Museum Building

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Opening of the New Exhibit “Furnishing the Backcountry”

Participating Groups and Individuals

The Charlotte Museum of History Docents & Volunteers

The Charlotte Folk Society

Arts +

The Native American Studies Center of USC Lancaster

The Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society

The Charlotte Herb Guild

Instrument Makers George Thomas and Mark Willingham

The Mecklenburg Militia and Piedmont Partisans

Food Available for Purchase

King of Pops

The Chimi Spot Food Truck

Special Thanks

To Thomas and Donna Brim for their gracious loan of early southern decorative arts for our new “Furnishing the Backcountry” exhibition

To the Arts and Science Council for helping the Museum keep our festivals FREE

All of the volunteers who make events like this possible. Interested in getting involved in this year’s event? Click Here to volunteer.

Backcountry Days Festival