Days of old will spring to life this weekend when the Greenfield Historical Society hosts its ninth annual History Day in and around its complex of buildings on the village’s east side.
The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The annual History Day serves two purposes for the society. First, it gets people to visit the society’s historical complex and learn about Greenfield’s history. Second, it is a major money maker for the society,” said Harold Schmidt, president of the society. “History Day provides a means to accomplish both purposes. Visitors are invited to see a part of Greenfield’s history, learn something new, find a bargain, enjoy good food and visit with friends while supporting the work of the Greenfield Historical Society.”
The society’s Red Barn will be open for visitors to view the Wilson Conestoga Wagon, Patterson Mail Buggy, Browder Life Saving Machine and Ahrens-Fox Fire Truck as well as other items of agriculture and transportation. The barnyard will also be filled with various vintage and restored automobiles.
Mike Mincey will set up his apple cider press in the barnyard and demonstrate the process of pressing apples to make cider.
The society will host re-enactors from the Brigade of the American Revolution. Carol Curren and Steve Lind will be on hand to show visitors the life of a Virginia militia couple during the 1780s. Lind will re-enact the life of a rifleman in Crockett’s Battalion and Curren will be the wife that follows the army.
The Smith Tannery will be open with Susan Long playing the society’s Miller pump organ at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also in the Smith Tannery will be displays of newly donated vintage clothing.
Tom Adams will set up in the B&O Depot. He will show his McClain High School display that he shared at the recent McClain 100th anniversary.
New displays will be found in several of the buildings including some of Jim Roads’ paintings of school buildings in the area. Travellers Rest will be the site of a display of recent donations to the society as well as letters and postcards from the archives. They have been copied and placed in the cubbyholes of a Waddell mail sorting table for visitors to read.
Kendall Pollard, the 2015 Greene Countrie Towne Festival queen, will help the host in Travellers Rest from 10 a.m. to noon.
Attic sales will be held along McArthur Way this year. People are invited to set up a booth and sell their items. Several sellers have committed to the day selling jewelry, baked goods, antiques and miscellaneous items. Anyone can set up a booth. Space rental is $10. No reservations are required. Set up begins at 9 a.m. For more information call 937-981-2905.
Food for the day includes pork loin sandwiches smoked by Chris Dodds on-site. Rounding out the menu will be bean soup, hot dogs, cornbread, drinks and desserts. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
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