The annual Heritage Celebration will offer a chance to take a trip back in time without leaving the 21st century.

"You can relive what life was like when Grove City was a small farm community in the late 1800s," said Kelly Sutherland, Grove City recreation supervisor.

The event features entertainment, hands-on activities, building tours and demonstrations of vintage trades.

The Heritage Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in Century Village at Fryer Park, 4184 Orders Road. The event is presented by the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the city.

"It's such a great opportunity for parents to bring their children and give them a fun history lesson about what life was like for our ancestors," Sutherland said.

Visitors will be able to tour the buildings at Century Village, including the one-room Orders Road School, which remains in its original location; the blacksmith shop, log cabins and barns.

"Century Village is unique. We're fortunate in Grove City to have something like Century Village," said John Hines, the historical society's events chairman.

"There aren't many communities that have such a large collection of historic buildings in one location," he said.

The historical society holds an open house at Century Village from 2 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month from May through September, Hines said.

At the Heritage Celebration, families will be able to take carriage rides around the village and participate in vintage crafts, games and chores, Sutherland said.

"It gives you a sense of how challenging life was back in the 19th century," she said. "If you wanted water, you had to go out and get it. You couldn't just turn on a faucet."

A Grove City team will play the Ohio Village Muffins in an 1860-style game of "base ball" at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Live entertainment will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, with performances by bluegrass bands including Open Rail and Open Highway Bluegrass Band. Brandon Davenport will be performing bluegrass and gospel music both days, Hines said.

"The Heritage Celebration is all about bluegrass," he said.

An outdoor non-denominational church service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Hines said.

"The historical society is going to have a tent set up where we will have information about local history and some of our upcoming special events," he said. "We've also invited other area historical organizations to set up in the tent."

Visitors also can find out more about the July 1 dedication ceremony the city is planning in conjunction with the historic renovation of the Grant Homestead on Haughn Road, Hines said.

Handmade traditional crafts and food and beverages will be sold throughout the weekend, he said.

Admission to the Heritage Celebration is free, but donations to the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted, Sutherland said.

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