Pisgah National Forest, N.C. – The Cradle of Forestry will entertain audiences with an outdoor drama titled “The Legend of Tommy Hodges” on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 with shows at 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
During the outdoor performance, visitors will hear the story of Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School, who disappeared Halloween night in 1906. A guide will lead the audience around the paved Biltmore Campus Trail at the Cradle of Forestry 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.
This is the 16th year the Cradle has offered the play, with each year presenting a different twist to the tale. The show is one mile long, meaning the audience walks one mile to see the entire play. It is most suitable for ages six and up. Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. This event is part of Transylvania County's Sesquicentennial Celebration.
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. Ponchos and other raingear 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. 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