The weekend-long celebration of Norris Dam’s 80th birthday began last night with a gathering at the Dam.
David Norris Rath, the great-grandson of the dam’s namesake, Nebraska Senator George Norris, was in attendance as was Laura Delano Roosevelt, the granddaughter of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president at the time of the dam’s creation, attended and delivered remarks on the enduring legacy of TVA’s first hydroelectric dam.
The evening was punctuated by the announcement that the Dam has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The birthday celebration continues today and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm each day. If you want to be part of this weekend’s festivities, you will need to park at the Museum of Appalachia and catch one of the continuously running, air conditioned shuttle buses to the site. Parking at the Museum is free and this weekend, the Museum is offering half-price admission so that when you have enjoyed the celebration at the dam, you can find out about even more of East Tennessee’s unique history.
At the Dam, they will have all kinds of activities for the entire family, including tours of the dam and the powerhouse and an aquarium exhibit where kids can fish for worms, learn to identify animal tracks and even make musical instruments out of objects commonly found in the woods.
They will have hydration stations set up at the celebration site and everyone will receive a collapsible water bottle just for showing up. Local musicians like John Alvis & Group, Shaun Abbott, Matt Foster and the Teno Family will be performing and there’s even an 8.0K race—in honor of the 80th birthday of the dam—in the morning that will take runners over the dam and back as well as a two-mile fun walk along Songbird Trail.
Everything except food is free during the celebration and several food trucks offering a wide array of items will be set up around the site.
For more information on this weekend-long celebration, visit www.tva.com/norris80.