History Buffs, This is for You

Here’s the best idea you’ve heard all day: take the Historic Tour. You’ll love it. It showcases some of the oldest, most nostalgic homes and sites in the original residential district of South Pittsburg.

The tour covers about three miles and is different each year. This year’s route will take you on a lovely, meandering path through this charming neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. The information on the sites is a compilation of historic records, as well as local legend and lore.

The tour will begin at the Old First National Bank Building at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Third Street, just one block west of the clock on Cedar Avenue.

The final stop on the tour is the Lodge Manufacturing Company’s foundry. At that point, you can visit Lodge’s state-of-the-art foundry! It’s open for tours only during the festival. Or, you can board a later trolley for a return ride to the starting point of the historic tour.

The tour cost $8 per person. Sign up at the Historic Tour booth at light #3.

Tour Schedule
Saturday, April 27th – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lodge Tour

Lodge Manufacturing opens its doors to the public once a year for the National Cornbread Festival. Guests are able to take a free tour through the cast iron foundry. Employees of Lodge walk guests through the foundry giving them a step by step lesson on how and where Lodge Cast Iron cookware is made. This year’s tour will be located at the 3rd Street Foundry. The 3rd Street Foundry is located at behind the Lodge Factory Store.

Tour Schedule
Saturday, April 27th – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lodge cast iron Museum Tour

The Lodge Museum of Cast Iron is a celebration of American-made cast iron and a can’t-miss destination for folks who love cooking, history, food culture, and very large skillets. It’s an interactive experience the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to bring your camera – there are lots of photo ops! Entry is $5 per person. Kids 5 and under are free! Be sure to stop by during the festival and see the world’s largest cast iron skillet!

Tour Schedule
Friday, April 26th – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27th – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.