The State of Franklin Antique Bottles and Collectibles Association was founded September 4, 1998, with 18 charter members. The name was derived from the Lost State of Franklin that encompassed East Tennessee from Knoxville upwards, part of NC, KY and VA in the 1700s. Because this was the general area our club served, the name seemed appropriate.
The club's purpose is the preservation, study, and salvage of historical artifacts, sharing knowledge, promoting interest and to have a place collectors can meet and have a great time talking about their collectibles.
Our meetings are held in the ticket office of the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, TN. The meetings are held at 7 PM with the business portion first, followed by a guest speaker, a show-n-tell session, an auction and a door prize drawing several times a year. When we do not have a guest speaker we have "theme" nights such as "Civil War" night when our members brought collectibles from that time period.
Membership dues are $20.00 per family or individual. If you are interested in joining the club, you can print out the membership form from our site and send it in.
We have an annual picnic in September at Steeles Creek Park in Bristol, TN. We grill hamburgers and hot dogs and members bring delicious side dishes and desserts. The children play in the creek and the members have a chance to get to know each other better. We end the picnic with an auction.
For club information contact: Kenneth Depew 423-817-3298 also don't forget to like us on Facebook