The Cradle of Forestry will entertain audiences with an outdoor drama titled "The Legend of Tommy Hodges" this Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 with shows at 6:30pm, 7:45pm and 9:00p.m.
The tale surrounds Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School, who disappeared Halloween night in 1907. A guide will lead the audience around a one mile paved trail to find out what happened that night.
As audience members approach each historic cabin in the forest, they will meet characters who lived in the Pink Beds area at that time. For instance they may meet Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck, founder of the Biltmore Forest School, or Mrs. Gillespie, wife of the head ranger, or students from the forestry school.
Characters are based on Biltmore Forest School student diaries that families donated to the USDA Forest Service for the Cradle of Forestry. Students recorded their experiences in these diaries between the years 1903 and 1907. As the audience meets each group of characters, they will leave with a sense of what life was like a century ago.
Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Ponchos and other rain-gear are welcome if the weather is showery, but please leave umbrellas at home. Please call the Cradle at (828) 877-3130 if the weather is severe as the show may be cancelled.
Admission to the show is $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 15 and under and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passports. Hot cider and cookies will be served after each show.
The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC. For more information call (828) 877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org