On Saturday, July 1, Homesteaders and friends will gather at the Homesteads Tower for the semiannual Homesteads Homecoming. The Homecoming continues a tradition which was started in 1984 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cumberland Homesteads Subsistence Homesteads project, and is held on the Saturday immediately preceding the Fourth of July. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Hundreds of people come from far and wide to attend the Homecoming which provides an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and visit with long-time friends. All members of original Homesteads families, Homesteads School alumni, current and past Homesteads residents, and all friends of Homesteaders and the Homesteads are invited to attend. Original Homesteaders, whose numbers have dwindled greatly, are always given special recognition. Homesteads School alumni frequently schedule their reunions during the same weekend as the homecoming.

The Tower Museum and observation deck will be open all day. A barbecue lunch and drinks will be available to purchase. All attendees are encouraged to visit the Homesteads House Museum on Pigeon Ridge Road, which will also be open all day.

The Homesteads Homecoming is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association. The annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m. New members of the board of directors will be elected, with ballots available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. One must be a member of the association to vote, and the opportunity to join or renew membership will be available. Dues are $10 per year per person.

On Sunday, July 2, the Daughters of Original Homesteaders will hold their traditional tea at Homesteads United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and so forth, of original Homesteads families are invited to attend this gathering to honor the special role women played in the Homesteads community.

A special event for this year's Homecoming is the auction of a quilt featuring an applique of the Homesteads Tower in the center with a border of apples. The quilt was designed and hand-quilted by a group of Homesteads ladies for auction at the 2005 Apple Festival. The winning bidder then donated the quilt back to the Tower Association so that it could be sold again. The quilt can be seen at the Homesteads Tower, and silent bids will be accepted until 1:45 p.m. July 1, with the winning bid announced just prior to the annual meeting.