Fun and educational activities to experience during spring break
By Bobby Lee McCulley | March 20, 2017 7:03 am
White County Schools will be closed during the week of March 20-24 for spring break.
Some families will utilize this time to travel to visit family and friends or they may take a vacation. However, for those who are looking for fun activities to do but wish to stay local, the options are boundless.
There are several family-friendly opportunities in White County. For those who are interested in the rich history, culture and traditions of White County, there are several options. Also, there are plenty of options throughout the Upper Cumberland, as well.
Downtown Sparta is the home of White County Heritage Museum, at 144 South Main Street. Located just one block away from Liberty Square, the museum is filled with artifacts featuring permanent and temporary exhibits.
The museum focuses on celebrating the rich history of White County and the Upper Cumberland Plateau, from music, pottery and much more. White County Heritage Museum is open to the public Thursday-Saturday and the admission is free of charge.
On the top of Bon Air Mountain you will find a gem of railroad and mining history. Bon Air Mountain Historical Society has a historic section house that is used as the Bon Air Coal Mining Museum, on Highway 70. The museum promotes the history and rich traditions of the local coal mining community of years past, which contributed to the historic development of White County. The museum is open on Saturday, and admission is free.
Also, Highway 70 features the Sparta Rock House State Historic Site. The small stone house was originally built in the 1830s to collect tolls on a private road. It played a significant role in early development of Tennessee’s transportation system. Some notable visitors who stopped here were James K. Polk and Andrew Jackson. The Rock House is open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
White County is known across the region for being full of natural beauty. For those who would like to enjoy a day in the park, there are many options from which to choose. There are hiking trails, waterfalls and butterfly gardens to be explored at Burgess Falls State Park. Burgess Falls also has a playground for children, as well as picnic areas.
South Carter Street Park, in Sparta, is closed for construction projects on a new pedestrian bridge. However, Pearson Park, on Bockman Way, offers a playground, walking trail and pavilion for a family outing.
For moviegoers, enjoy a Friday or Saturday movie night at the historic Sparta Drive In, which was opened in the early 1950s. The Sparta Drive In features a large marquee and is located on Roberts-Matthews Highway. For a classic family movie experience look no further than the Sparta Drive In.
For other opportunities to see more of the wilderness and wildlife that White County has to offer on spring break, consider visiting one of White County’s many wilderness areas. The most notable ones include Lost Creek State Natural Area, Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness Area, Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Wildcat Falls and Welch Point. All of the many natural locations in White County will surely provide plenty of sightseeing, walking/hiking opportunities, and picnic locations.
White County Public Library offers a wide variety of services that families may want to take advantage of during spring break. The library is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. They also offer extended hours on Tuesday, as they are open until 8 p.m.