Buttonwillow Civil War Theater Presents Grandaddy's Watch in Pigeon Forge, TN

Buttonwillow Civil War Theater2135 ParkwayPigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Overview

If you are a Civil War history buff or want to learn about one of the most exciting chapters in U.S. history, “Granddaddy’s Watch” at the Buttonwillow Civil War Theater is a must-see! The show is hugely educational while maintaining your interest with funny skits and audience interaction. Steve Gipson’s storytelling is compelling and honest; he provides little known history about the War Between the States.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Concessions are available for purchase.
  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Meet the performers in the lobby after the show!
  • The show is approximately 2 hours. There is no intermission.
  • Recommend for those with an interest in American history; with a little humor.
  • A play that offers an educational and entertaining look at the Civil War and American history.
  • Performed at the Buttonwillow Civil War Theater on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • The show is appropriate for all ages. However, it isn’t recommended for toddlers and young children.

Description

from Buttonwillow Civil War Theater - "Grandaddy's Watch"
The year is 1864…. Witness the humorous and challenging encounter between a die-hard Tennessee Unionist and his spitfire, Confederate sister as they struggle to understand the other’s view of saving their precious Tennessee.

An entertaining and educational show with a light-hearted, but also serious portrayal of Civil War figures and facts. Stories from the time of America’s Civil War set the stage for a two-hour flash back into the heart and soul of America in the 19th century.

Filled with drama as well as side-splitting one-liners, you and your family will witness real American history, unfiltered by modern text books and political correctness. It wasn’t what the books told you…it was what they left out. This isn’t just a performance, this is a true Southern and American experience.

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Kevin K
Dewey, Illinois
"If you like history, you should like the show."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
Lots of information we didn't know previously If history is your thing, you should like it. One thing I would recommend is for them to work an intermission into the show somehow. Sitting for two hours straight is not easy for some older people, as one in our party had a hard time because of it. Saw another review with a complaint that it bashes public schools and Democrats. If they define telling the truth as bashing, then yea, they do. Sometimes the truth hurts, and too many public schools and Democrats want to change history because they don't like the truth. See the show and learn for yourself.
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Kimberly C
"Outstanding, informative, inspiring and a Blessing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
Everyone in this country should see this dramatization. Entertaining and educational. God bless the writer and actors
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FatDad22
Port Byron, Illinois
"Amazing history lesson, nothing you'll hear or see in much of our history books or history channel."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
I, my two sons, (ages 11 and 10) and my grandfather attended this show in the summer of 2019. We are from Illinois, very near to where General Grant lived. So, needless to say, we are yankees! However, I have always had a profound sense of respect for the proud southern history that many still hold onto. This show does justice to both north and south, union and confederate. I have always been an avid Civil War history buff and visiting Pigeon Forge, I was excited to see this show. I was taken aback at first to find that it was a two person play. However, once the show started, I was captivated with the story telling, funny quirks, back and forth with the audience and stage performers. My boys listened intently and also enjoyed themselves. My grandfather (also a Civil War buff) was fascinated at the newly presented information that neither him or I have ever heard before. After the show, my boys were excited to buy souvenirs in the gift shop. Union and Confederate keppies with Union and Confederate flags to take home. I also purchased a book written by the performer, Steve Gipson. The book is, "God Save the South." Steve took his time after the show to meet and greet with me and my family. Steve took pictures with my boys and made a lasting memory that they will never forget. I highly recommend this show to anyone who has a love for American history.
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Alalexecm
Williamston, South Carolina
"Buttonwillow?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
Captivating story and very informative. Recommended by me.Why is the theater called Buttonwillow? Steve?
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Wyattstravel
"Civil War Theater - exceeded my expectations!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
My first time to see the Buttonwillow Civil War Theater. Was not sure what to expect. The show was fantastic! The two performers were excellent. Lots of talent and loads of great historical information - I was entertained and learned a lot too! I do not normally give 5 stars. In this case, I have no hesitation to do so.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buttonwillow Civil War Theater - "Grandaddy's Watch"

Is the show appropriate for kids?
Yes, the play’s content is appropriate for all ages. However, it isn’t recommended for toddlers and young children.

Where is the show performed?
At the Buttonwillow Civil War Theater on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Are concessions for sale?
Yes, concessions are available in the lobby area.

How long is the show?
The show is approximately 2 hours. There is no intermission.

Is photography/videography permitted during the show? 
Photography is permitted. However, no video or audio recording is allowed.

Can audiences meet the performers? 
Yes, the performers are available in the lobby after show.

Is the theater wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the theater is wheelchair accessible.

Is there a pre-show? 
No.

How early should audiences arrive?
Audiences should arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.