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Bicentennial celebration continues

Almendingers to host Farm Heritage Days

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

As Johnstown continues its yearlong bicentennial celebration, residents will have an opportunity to travel back in time.

Joe and Hazel Almendinger will host Farm Heritage Days from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, at their farm, 5501 Caswell Road.

“We hope to give families a day to remember,” Hazel Almendinger said. “I hope we can do a little entertaining and take people back to a different time.”

The two-day free event will feature tours and demonstrations, which include an apple-cider press, butter churning, bean soup and corn bread, spinning wheels, rug hooking, antique tractors and a horse hitch. Sack races and other games for children are planned, and people will wear period costumes.

Donations will be accepted for food items.

Those who attend can tour the Almendinger Sawmill, which has been in business southeast of Johnstown since 1974. The family’s tradition of logging in central Ohio dates back to 1918. The nearby Linwood Farm also will be open for tours.

“Johnstown has really been a special place for our family,” Hazel Almendinger said. “We had a bad fire (at the sawmill) sometime around 2000, and the community was there for us. This is a way we can give back to them.”

The village began celebrating its 200th birthday in January.

In June, all Johnstown High School alumni were invited back for a reunion, which included honoring the 50-year class. Nearly 200 people attended.

Other summer events included the Miss Johnstown pageant and the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s Traveling Wall.

Johnstown originally was designated as the U.S. Military Tract, an area set aside for Revolutionary War soldiers for their service.

Local historians say New Yorker Dr. Oliver Bigelow laid out the village in 1813. The first pioneers were a couple from Virginia: George and Diadema Green.

The area was part of Fairfield County until Licking County was formed.