Experiencing a day-in-the-life of those who lived in the mid-1800s

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to transport hundreds of modern-day residents back to the 19th century for the annual Old Time Harvest Day on Oct. 1. Held at Century Village in Fryer Park, the event allows attendees to experience a day-in-the-life of those who lived in the area in the mid-1800s through a variety of demonstrations and exhibits. Here, Evie Tabler (left) and Lily Tabler learn how rope was made “back-in-the-day” from SWFCHS volunteer Steve Marcus. When asked what they would do with the rope, their grandmother, Saundra Tabler, joked that they would be keeping it away from their grandchildren in order to prevent any accidents from occurring.
SWFCHS volunteer Jeffrey May teaches Liza Rando, 5, how to grind corn. May said the grinding process was used to make cornmeal or to feed small farm animals.
Grove City resident Evan Storts battles the wind as he tries to light a fire for the camp. He was at the Old Time Harvest Day portraying a Union Army Soldier from the local 113th Company C Infantry Regiment.
SWFCHS volunteer Julia Bidwell plays with a wooden marionette dancing figurine. She said she enjoys seeing the toys children of the past used to use to entertain themselves. “The wood work is just something else,” she said.
Amber Brainard, a Gardens at Gantz Farm volunteer, works to remove beans from dried stalks during the event. The volunteers plan to plant the heirloom beans at the gardens at Gantz and the plot at Century Village.

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