Hilliard Northwest News

Historical society to celebrate Heritage Day on Oct. 13


The Northwest Franklin County Historical Society will host Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard, near the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Admission is free.

The annual family-themed event showcases life in the mid-19th century through live demonstrations, including blacksmithing, chair caning, basket weaving, butter churning and children's games.

Docents from the historical society will dress in period costumes and provide tours of the structures at the village, which includes a church, schoolhouse, a voting trailer and a late 19th-century train station.

"It's a chance to see how people played, traveled, worked and worshiped (in a past time)," said Randy Smith, president of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society. "We hope families will visit us to celebrate our heritage."

Heritage Day will have some new features this year, Smith said, including moving from a Sunday to a Saturday. Organizers noted the event will not conflict with the Ohio State Buckeyes football game that kicks off at 8 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.

Also, through a matching grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the historical society will host a guest speaker: Gerald Bazer, who will lecture on American presidents and the significance of their sense of humor. Subjects will include Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, according to a press release for the event.

Period food, including ham-and-bean soup cooked in an iron kettle over an open fire, corn bread and sarsaparilla, will be available.

Musical entertainment will include the One More String Time band and musicians playing Civil War-era instruments, including a washboard and banjo.

For more information, visit franklincountyohiohistory.org.