Museum Center at 5ive Points To Host Block Party Tall Betsy Storytelling Night

Families can come by to see Tall Betsy as portrayed by storyteller, Deborah Holland, hear the Tall Betsy story. (Photo courtesy Museum Center)

From a Museum Center media release:

CLEVELAND, TN: The Museum Center at 5ive Points will host its sixth annual Tall Betsy Storytelling Night and Pumpkin Carving Contest to be held the evening of Cleveland’s Block Party, Monday, October 31st. The festive family evening at the museum will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to stop by the Museum on their way to or from the Block Party to check out this free event.

Families coming to the Museum will have a variety of things to do. They will be taken on a Halloween Storytelling Trail where they will hear family-friendly stories as told by members of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Between the hours of 4:30 – 7:00 visitors will get an extra special treat as they will hear the Tall Betsy Story told by Deborah Holland as she portrays Tall Betsy.

The book “The Legend of Tall Betsy & The Mystery of Sally, the Bluetick Coonhound,” a kid-friendly Halloween tale about a little boy & his dog is available for sale in the Museum Store. The setting of the story is Cleveland and it is based on the legendary character Tall Betsy. The price of the book is $3 and all proceeds from the book go to the Museum.

Families will be able to view the Pumpkin Carving Contest submissions and winners. Also on view in the Museum’s lobby will be the original Tall Betsy’s authentic dress and original persimmon cane on loan for the day by Allan Jones who was able to “secure” these valuable and historic items back in the 1980s. Tall Betsy is one of Cleveland’s most enduring Halloween legends.

For further information about the contest or the storytelling evening call the Museum and ask for Tracy O’Connell at 423-339-5745.


The Museum Center at 5ive Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee. The museum hosts exhibits and education programs. The Museum’s gift shop sells Appalachian arts and crafts from the region. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday & holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. The museum is free the first Saturday of each month. Groups of 12 or more are $4 each. Members of the Museum Center receive free admission. For further information call 423-339-5745 or visit


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