Kentucky Tourism

Cumberland Falls Storytelling Weekend


The whole family can kick back and enjoy storytellers spin tales about life in the Appalachian Foothills.  The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 8 pm with a ghost  story session.  On Saturday storytellers will take the stage throughout the day.  The weekend will come to a close with a Saturday evening concert at 8:00 pm.  Cost of the entire weekend is $25.00 per person.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  

Overnight weekend package is available for $149.00 per person.  Special weekend package includes:  Two nights Lodging (dbl.occ),  Dinner Friday, Breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Saturday,  Breakfast on Sunday, Admission to all sessions and Concerts. 

For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.

 2018  Featured Storytellers

Elizabeth Rose shares stories with wit, humor and expressive enthusiasm.  Her stories include a blend of traditional southern folklore.   Appalachian tales, mountain ballads, ghost stores, songs and her own personal stories of growing up in a small town in East Tennessee.  She has the ability to mesmerize her listeners, transporting them through her image-laden tales of other times and cultures.  Elizabeth is an educator, workshop leader, presenter, and professional storyteller.  She has thrilled children and adults alike with her vivacious storytelling in various venues, festivals and conferences around the country.  She is truly captivating in voice and presentation.  

"Riverboat John"  Ferguson, grew up in Huntsville, Alabama near the Tennessee River.  He received his first banjo at age 5.  His mother Sarah, who played the piano, taught him numerous folk and patriotic songs as well as stories of the sea and adventure at an early age.  His storytelling skills also come from his Grandfather, Sam Ferguson, Spanish American War Veteran and son of a colorful Civil War Army Sergeant.  After graduation from Huntsville High School, he migrated to Greenwich Village, New York to join the Folk Revival Movement, where he bumped elbows with the avante garde, Folk, Blues, Jazz. Pop, Gospel & Rock performers of the day.  He completed his degree from George Washington University.  As a result of his roots, travels and experiences as a "seasoned" stage performer, doing festivals, fairs, and historical events,  " Riverboat John"  developed a style of entertainment much like that of an 1800"s minstrel who comes to town to tell stories & sing songs.  His stories can best be described as "Practical-Americana" with "life learning lessons"   He is currently touring North America with the "Riverboat John" Community Concert Stage Show, highlighting his one-man-show  " The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Riverboat John" as well as numerous educational projects with schools and universities.  A true American Minstrel and Folklorist full of music, songs & stories of our beloved country and it's roots.

Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for over 35 years.  He is an Appalachian storyteller, Mark Twain impersonator and full-time storytelling professional.  His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, Ky., listing to uncles, aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone-chilling stories. Through the years Stephen has told stories in 28 states and Canada.

Bret Smitley
7351 Hwy 90,
Corbin , KY 40701
Phone: 606-528-4121
Mar 16, 2018  /  8:00 P.M.