GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

A Smoky Mountains program will explore how the Civil War affected the southern Appalachians.

On Saturday, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will sing old-time music that was popular during the war and tell stories about how the conflict affected the people living in the mountains.

The program will be at the Sugarlands Visitor Center theater from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Supervisory ranger Kent Cave said the free performance will be an interesting way to learn about the unique history of the war during the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War.