Cradle of Forestry Presents "The Legend of Tommy Hodges"

Oct 18, 2016


Pisgah Forest — The Cradle of Forestry will entertain audiences with the annual outdoor drama, "The Legend of Tommy Hodges," on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 with shows at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

During the outdoor performance, audiences will travel to the year 1906 and hear about the legendary Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School with a reputation for mischief who mysteriously disappeared. A guide will lead them around the paved Biltmore Campus Trail at the Cradle of Forestry as the story unfolds.

As audience members approach historic buildings in the forest, they will meet characters who lived in the Pink Beds area at that time. For instance they will meet Mr. Jenny, storekeeper for the Biltmore Forest School's commissary, students from the forestry school, and the school's founder, Dr. Schenck.

The Pink Beds, part of Pisgah National Forest's Cradle of Forestry in America, was the field headquarters of America's first forestry school, the Biltmore Forest School, from 1898 to 1909. As the audience moves from scene to scene they will gain a sense of what life was like during that time.

This is the 20th 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.

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