Grove City Record

Old-Time Harvest Day

Oct. 7 festival celebrates life in 1800s

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Central Ohio residents will have the chance to step back in time and experience life in the mid-19th century.

The annual Old-Time Harvest Day event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at Century Village in Grove City's Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.

Century Village is built to represent a typical central Ohio community from the mid- to late 1800s, and during Old-Time Harvest Day, visitors will be able to see the one-room schoolhouse, windmill, log houses, barns and herb garden.

The event is presented by the city of Grove City and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society.

"What we try to do, between our two organizations," said Grove City Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ed Merritt, "is offer families what everyday life was like back then."

Harvest Day will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities, allowing visitors to create period crafts and toys, play old-fashioned games and work with hand-powered tools.

"We feel the children need to know their heritage," said Joan Eyerman of the historical society, who is the event's chairwoman. "It's a lot of hands-on."

There also will be demonstrations of leather tooling, butter churning, chair caning, wool spinning and more.

"We'll actually have a master blacksmith on site," Merritt said.

Eyerman said the event takes the effort of about 80 to 85 volunteers, not all of whom are members of the historical society. The volunteers will be in period clothing, she added.

Additional activities for visitors to try will include corn processing, which involves husking, shelling and grinding; rope-making; pumping water by hand; and using a two-person saw, Eyerman said.

There will be live music performed on traditional string instruments, she said.

Other activities include paper snipping, quilt knotting, corn-husk dolls, dutch-oven cooking and clothes washing.

Wagon rides will be offered, and live animals will be on display.

"We're trying to cover all ages," Eyerman said. "It's valuable for a family to work and play together."

The Grove City Kiwanis Club will sell food.

Admission and parking for Old-Time Harvest Day are free. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the city's parks and recreation department at 614-277-3050.

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