Celebrate the autumn traditions and fellowship of an agricultural community in mid-19th-century Ohio from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 6, at the Old-Time Harvest Day at Century Village in Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.
Highlighting this year’s event is the dedication of the Augenstein-Spillman Blacksmith Shop at 2 p.m.
For most of Ohio’s history, the fall harvest featured neighbors working together to reap the fruits of the growing season and to prepare for the harsh winter months. The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the city of Grove City provide an opportunity for families to connect with their community’s past.
Enjoy a living history experience with a variety of hands-on activities including old-time games, traditional crafts such as leather tooling and rope weaving, and daily chores like churning butter and pumping well water. View restored or reconstructed historical buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, general store and barns, as well as an herb garden and antique equipment. Also featured are costumed re-enactors and demonstrations of traditional music, cooking and trades like blacksmithing and furniture making.
The Augenstein-Spillman Blacksmith Shop dedication caps off several years of cooperative efforts between the city of Grove City and the historical society to create a traditional blacksmith workshop with a working forge. This effort provides the opportunity for members of the public to take metalworking classes through Grove City Parks and Recreation, passing along the knowledge of this fascinating craft.
Century Village represents a typical community in central Ohio during the mid to late 1800s which allows visitors to explore a schoolhouse, a windmill, two log houses, log and crib barns, a blacksmith shop and an herb garden.
Attendance and parking are free at this rain-or-shine event. For a full schedule and additional information on blacksmithing classes, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call 277-3050.