“Christmas Forest” Exhibit Open at Cookeville History Museum

Christmas Forest exhibit opens Dec. 10

Dogwood Park isn’t the only destination for Christmas tree lovers. An entire “forest” awaits at the Cookeville History Museum.

The museum’s holiday exhibit, “Christmas Forest,” opens Dec. 10 with a reception from 1-3 p.m.

“People are really excited about it,” Cookeville museums manager Beth Thompson said. “It’s brand new and could possibly become an annual display.”

Earlier this fall, the museum offered local non-profit groups and civic organizations the opportunity to bring a Christmas tree to the museum and decorate it themselves as a way to show their holiday spirit while spreading awareness of their missions.

Among the 11 groups participating in the Christmas Forest are the Putnam County Library, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cumberland Art Society and Putnam County Home Demonstration Club.

“Each tree has a theme, and most of the ornaments are hand-crafted,” Thompson said. “The trees are completely different from each other.”

Santa himself will stop by during the opening reception to inspect the trees, as well as visit with children.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 31.

The museum, located at 40 E. Broad St. – a short walk away from Dogwood Park and its nearly 40-foot-tall community Christmas tree – is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 931-528-5455 for more information.


Nancy Miller, left, and Gail Cicutto of the Cumberland Art Society add ornaments to their organization’s tree at the Cookeville History Museum. The holiday exhibit, “Christmas Forest,” opens with a reception Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. Santa will be there to greet children. Admission is free.