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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CarynH823
Riverview, Michigan
"Fantastic Show in Pigeon Forge!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
This is an awesome drama! I can’t praise it enough! The actors are masterful as they weave the story of how our nation arrived at the brink of Civil War with serious conversation, comedy and touching reminiscing. Then, just as masterfully, Steve Gipson turns the drama toward the future and ties current times and perspectives to past historical events. I was fascinated to learn things I had never known before! The actors and all the theater staff were friendly and welcoming. Great, great show! I will return with friends and family!
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Woodburning
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
"Hidden Gem in Pigeon Forge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
This is an amazing show with awesome actors. Just a two person show but packed full of jaw dropping history facts. You will learn so much from this show. Do you think a show about history sounds boring? Not this one! All the facts are presented with humor thrown in at just the right time. We live in town and don’t know why we didn’t go see this show sooner. A must see if you are in town. You won’t be disappointed.
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Becky A
Salem, Virginia
"Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
We really enjoyed this performance and learned a lot. Great actors who were very knowledgeable about the events of the Civil War, as well as the culture at that time. We definitely recommend this show and we plan to visit again in the future!
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southcorp
Atlanta, Georgia
"Is that really true!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
This two person show as really well done. It is well said that the victors write the history. The problem that is on display in this play is that history has been rewritten in the last 50 years! The play is done by just two people and is very entertaining. It does have a Southern bend, but does make a creadable effort to present the war is the people of that time experienced it. It parallel the movie "Lincoln" nicely and reveals a side of Lincoln that is also shown in the movie. It does make you think! A nice respite from the comedy shows and hillbilly self debasement so common in Pigeon Forge.
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Dep12345
"Awesome show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
We absolutely loved the show! It was so inlighting. So much of the history was things we never knew. I'm thankful to hear the truth about the war. Thank you for bringing this to Pigeon Forge. You guys did a wonderful job.
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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.