A Heritage Celebration

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The city of Grove City and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society hosted the annual Heritage Celebration on June 8. Taking place at Century Village in Fryer Park, the event offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of those who inhabited the area during the mid-to-late 18th and 19th centuries through demonstrations, games, live entertainment, and building tours. Here, Linda Crews, a volunteer with the SWFCHS, showcases the vintage Treadle White sewing machine at the Haines-Black House and General Store. Crews said most families could not afford to have a sewing machine during this period so they did all their sewing by hand.
Pictured here creating a “spear of some sort” in the Augenstein-Spillman Blacksmith Shop is local resident Garrett Mays and substitute blacksmith instructor John Mattix. The blacksmith program is typically overseen by instructor Max Bauman but Mattix, whose great-grandfather was a blacksmith, was filling in for the event. The city’s parks and recreation department offers blacksmith classes during the year. For more information, contact the parks and recreation department at grovecityohio.gov.
Gardens at Gantz Farm volunteers (from left to right) Mary Jane LaLonde, Sue Skorupski and Theresa Myers pull weeds from the gardens at Century Village.
SWFCHS volunteer Michael Crews showcases the meat cutting table at the butcher shop that is located within the Farm Museum/Bob Evans Double-Crib Log Cabin. Crews joked that this meat cutting table would not likely pass a modern day health inspection.
Tony Gerardi (left) and Mark Fesler (right) hold a jam session with their fellow musicians at the event.
SWFCHS volunteer Gary Gardner works on a new creation at the Olde Village Tinsmith booth. Gardner, a local resident, was a machinist by trade but started tinsmithing several years ago after taking a course on the craft.
Tom Wilhelm, a volunteer with the SWFCHS, uses a canvas of leather to create a portrait of the landscape at Yosemite National Park.
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