First chance to see Ancient Lore Village
02 Oct 2019

First chance to see Ancient Lore Village

Ancient Lore Village, the story-themed resort planned

02 Oct 2019

Ancient Lore Village, the story-themed resort planned for East Tennessee, will open its doors to the public for the first time ever next month.

During October, Ancient Lore Village will host weekend tours of the resort’s first prototype while raising money for local nonprofit groups.

“This is the public’s very first opportunity to see what Ancient Lore Village is becoming,” said Matthew Cross, CEO of Ancient Lore Village. “We’ve been telling people about this project since late last year, and so much has changed. Now they can see first-hand what we are talking about.”

Cross said that the original theme of unity and community envisioned by founder Tom Boyd is still central to Ancient Lore Village, but virtually every other aspect of the themed resort has evolved dramatically as the project comes to life.

“Ancient Lore Village isn’t about a book or a character – it’s about you, our resort guest. You become the hero of the Ancient Lore Village story. Unlike theme parks and resorts based on already-established stories and characters, the experience each guest has at Ancient Lore Village will be uniquely theirs. We will create a breathtaking one-of-a-kind experience for every person who enters Ancient Lore Village. People will understand if they come to one of our weekend tours in October.”

All proceeds from each weekend will go directly to a different local nonprofit:

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13 – All proceeds benefit Seymour Volunteer Fire Department. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 – All proceeds benefit Young-Williams Animal Center. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27 – All proceeds benefit Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Guided tours will include details of the themed resort and tours of a furnished prototype “dwelling” on the property.

Tickets are required for tours of Ancient Lore Village. The cost is $20 per person and tickets are available at and at the door (although it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance). Strollers are not allowed on the grounds. Children two years of age and under are free.


About Ancient Lore Village:  Come to a place of story. A place where the faces of family, friends and strangers are illuminated by the glow of fire as each of you shape a living story. This is a story about all of us – but it’s also the story of you.

At Ancient Lore Village, all stories can be heard. These stories live inside everything, and they are all around us. Ancient Lore Village opens your eyes to see these stories that affect the teller as much as the listener. As you contribute to a world of story, you are brought closer to friends, family and fellow travelers in a world you never knew existed.

Come to Ancient Lore Village and become a master storyteller in the world’s first “Story Resort.”

Editors: For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Rick Laney at (865) 300-4538 or

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