The Greenfield Historical Society will hold its 10th annual History Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 at its buildings at the east end of Jefferson Street in Greenfield.
Activities will begin with a History 5K at 9 a.m. with the rest of the activities beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
New this year will be a 5K run/walk beginning at Travellers Rest. Registration is at 8 a.m. with the race kicking off an hour later. Walkers as well as runners are encouraged to participate. The entry fee is $20 before Sept. 24. After that it is $25, which includes a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded by age groups. To sign up, visit the society’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/greenfieldhistoricalsociety or visit the October calendar page on the society’s website: www.greenfieldhistoricalsociety.org/ghs-Calendar.html#oct. Proceeds will benefit the society’s various activities.
All the society’s buildings will open. Special displays will be available in each building along with a flea market and farmer’s market. Food for the day will include pork loin smoked on-site by Chris Dodds along with bean soup, hot dogs and other items.
The depot will have a completely new look. The railroad and military displays have been totally revamped to make room for Tom Adams’ train display. Adams has spent considerable time this summer rearranging the depot. This will be the first time that his whole model of Greenfield’s trains will be on public display. The depot will be the display’s new permanent home as Adams is donating it to the society.
“We are very appreciative of the donation and the work Tom has put into improving the depot,” the historical society said in a news release.
The Smith Tannery will have a display of gowns from the Mains family that were recently donated to the society by David King. In the tannery kitchen Teena Thornton will be demonstrating the craft of knitting and explaining a knitting machine that was recently donated to the society. Susan Forman will also be on hand to demonstrate the skill of spinning. Guests will be able to try their hand at spinning with a drop spindle.
Jim Gorman, a farmer and an award-winning toy builder from Southern Highland County will be in Travellers Rest where he will have a display of handmade farm machinery toys. Gorman builds 1/16th scale models of farm equipment and has also done a scale model of his Century Farm’s barn, which will be on display. Several antique tractors will be on display on the lawn of Travellers Rest thanks to several members of the Greenfield Antique Tractor Club.
Crafters in the Grain & Hay building will be Jayne Honnold and Shirley King. Honnold will be sharing her quilting craft and some of the items she has made. King will be demonstrating her skill of painting with colored pencils. She will have samples of her work to show to guests.
Tentatively, a demonstration of pressing apples for cider will be on hand and the Red Barn will be open. There visitors will be able to see an Ahrens Fox fire truck, the Browder lifesaving net, a Conestoga wagon, buggies and various farm items.
“Come on down and enjoy a day of history, food, fun and friendship on Oct. 1,” the news release said.
Information for this article was provided by the Greenfield Historical Society.
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