Reynoldsburg residents and visitors will have the opportunity to take a step back in time Saturday, Sept. 15, and experience life in the 1800s during the city's 12th annual Pioneer Day.

Pioneer Day was founded in 2007 by Suzy Parks, president of the Livingston House Society. The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is helping support the event this year.

"(We) partnered up with the society to continue the tradition," said Donna Bauman, director of the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department. "Mrs. Parks has a love of history and all things related to Alexander Livingston ... and wanted to bring history to life for the Reynoldsburg community."

Pioneer Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road. Bauman said visitors can enjoy churning butter, a treasure hunt, milking a cow, journaling with special potato stamps and many more activities. The house itself also will be open for visitors.

New to Pioneer Day this year will be Bring the Farm to You, Bauman said.

Bring the Farm to You, an agricultural education organization based in Centerburg, Ohio, was founded by farming advocate Christa Hein and focuses on bringing agricultural education directly to schools, homes, businesses and communities.

"I went from bringing people from the city to the farm - and now I bring the farm to the city," Hein said in a statement on Bring the Farm to You's website. "I love showing people that farming is a state of mind that can happen anywhere."

Bauman said she hopes Bring the Farm to You will accentuate the agricultural education side of Pioneer Day.

"We have partnered with Bring the Farm to You because they have resources available to further the process of life in the 1800s," Bauman said. "Pioneer Day is held at the Livingston House because of the history of the home and land,"

Alexander Livingston, original owner of Livingston House, was born in Reynoldsburg on Oct. 14, 1821, and built the house in 1865. Livingston is known internationally as a pioneer seedsman and the father of the modern tomato; he is credited with cultivating the Paragon tomato in 1870.

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