It's no DeLorean, but Coffman Homestead will take visitors back in time on Saturday.

It's no DeLorean, but Coffman Homestead will take visitors back in time on Saturday.

The Dublin Historical Society is taking aim at a celebration that will show the community activities from the 1800s and early 1900s with Heritage Day on Oct. 2.

The event running from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Coffman Homestead, 5300 Emerald Parkway is the final event for Dublin's bicentennial.

"I have to give credit to (Dublin Historical Society president) Herb Jones, who just had a vision to do something and make it like a village gathering in the old days," said historical society member Tom Holton.

Activities range from buggy rides and tug of war to cornhusk doll-making and dancing demonstrations.

"It's just amazing, hour by hour, what's happening," Holton said. "We have a bucket brigade, Graeter's is making (hand-cranked) ice cream three times. We have a blacksmith that made a special brand. The Boy Scouts have a cross-cut saw and they'll cut slices of wood and you can take that to the blacksmith and have him brand it in the shape of a shamrock and it will be a souvenir."

Activities should be true to form.

"It's pretty close to historically accurate through various periods of time," Jones said, adding that activities will range from the 1800s to early 1900s. "We're trying to keep it as close to that period of time as possible."

Volunteers will help coordinate activities such as rope making, the sack race, double Dutch, ring toss, chair caning and more.

"For one thing, city council's direction at the beginning was to get as many groups as possible involved," Holton said.

More than 50 groups or individuals are volunteering to help with the Oct. 2 event, he said.

"We're going to make brown cows, it's an old-time drink; the Lions Club is doing that. The rotary will help with the tomb stone rubbing demonstration," Holton continued. "We have a steam thresher coming in and two really exciting things: we have a carriage and buggy from Der Dutchman. They'll give rides all day. Then we have a high-wheeled bicycle rider."

Other Heritage Day attractions include a farmers market, one-room school house demonstration, the Dublin Cornet Band, Leatherlips and Bill Moose historian Jim Thompson, a Johnny Appleseed impersonator, time capsule burial and a postage cancellation stamp in honor of the event.

Historical society members Dick and Marilyn Termeer will be dressed in period costumes as docents in the Coffman Homestead and barn. They both have practice from tours taken by Dublin third graders each year.

"When the third graders study local history we take them on a tour through the house and barn and then do a walking tour of Historic Dublin," Marilyn Termeer said. "We have 500 to 600 third graders go through every year. It's so amazing because some of them have no idea what a cow is. And they always remember the chamber pot."

Dick Termeer said some students bring their parents back after the tour and remember so much "they can give the tour themselves."

While students could return to get a refresher on history, Holton said Heritage Day will give everyone a chance to learn and have fun.

"We want people to be able to come and sample the events to get a taste of yesterday and create a memory for tomorrow," he said. "It's a way for them to capture a piece of the past and unlike anything they'll be able to do again."

Heritage Day is free and open to the public. For more information on activities or to check out parking directions, search Dublin Heritage Day on Facebook.

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