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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Salvationisfree
"A must see!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 01, 2020 NEW
It was awesome. Thank you for all the hard work put into seeking forgotten truths of American History. Well written and a much needed History lesson in 2020. Keep up the good work of spreading "fools judge history but wise men learn from it."
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MadiV33
"You gotta see this!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 29, 2020 NEW
I loved my experience! The story line is extremely engaging, it’s factual and informing, yet comical and leaves you wanting to learn more about American history. This is a great place to visit, learn, and laugh some too!
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PatrioticSoutherner
"A History Lesson that will STUN you !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2020 NEW
This is a "must see" attraction. Having been a history teacher for 25 years, I even found myself amazed at situations that I had not tied together. I wish every student in America could see this ! I wish every CONGRESSMAN in DC could see this !! We are so ignorant of our history !
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D4079HC
"Accurate"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2020 NEW
Excellent program. Enjoyed the history lesson and the manner it was presented. Sad that the Civil War cannot be presented in this way in schools. Keeping the Union united was the number one issue by President Lincoln. Such a sad period in our history that should avoid being repeated.
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GypsyHorseMama
"Greatest Show on the Parkway!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2020 NEW
Wow! Did the previous reviewer even see the play? She got the relationship of the two players incorrect. No lecture at the beginning, but the author/historian shares very interesting facts about the culture during the civil war era. My family and I have seen the play several times and it’s always a favorite. We can’t wait for family and friends to visit us because we bring them to this show. It’s affordable and suitable for all ages. It keeps even our youngest nieces listening and watching quietly. We’ve had some great discussions about the newest things we’ve learned after chatting with the Colonel. Our nephews love that the Colonel lets them hold his sword for pictures. If you haven’t seen this show, we highly recommend it. It’s funny; educational; and good, clean entertainment. We always buy the book afterwards. The Colonel signs it and chats with everyone after the play. It’s the best show on the parkway.
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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.