|Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle|
|Tim Shooks or Marysville, volunteers at the Green’s Farm Heritage Day on Sept. 9 working in the Blacksmith Shop. He comes every year the festival is held. In the shop, Shooks makes anything steel from horseshoes to common tools.|
In Pickaway County, every month in the calendar year is peppered with festivities to promote and embrace their proud heritage. In the summer months, there is the Antique Tractor Festival and various parades, in the fall there are plays and concerts that celebrate the Native Americans, and, of course, the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show.
Despite all those offerings that embrace the culture and landscape of Pickaway County, one that was sorely missed was the Green’s Farm Heritage Day. It was held annually in Orient (at 10530 Thrailkill Rd.) since 1974, but for the past eight years, the Farm Heritage Day was on a hiatus.
"My wife had enough of it, the volunteers had enough," William Green, the proprietor of the farm said laughingly.
However, from popular demand by the community, the Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau and from William Green himself, the Farm Heritage Day was back for the weekend of Sept. 8.
"They (the bureau) called us and told us they were interested in doing it again," Green said. "They did the promotions, and got most of the craft people to come out and helped us fix up the buildings that needed work. I’m glad it’s back. I never got enough of it."
In the span of the months from late April thru October, visitors can go to the Green’s Heritage Museum and experience the past bygone days of an earlier settlement.
The museum features 14 buildings, including a Blacksmith shop, a two-story log home from the 1840’s, a smoke house from 1799, an original Railroad Depot and over 75 horse carriages.
"You have no idea of the extensive collection they have until you go there and experience it for yourself," said Charlie Jackson, director of the Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau. "It really ties into the proud agricultural heritage of Pickaway County."
Over 1,000 people came back during the weekend and braved the inclement weather to watch the volunteers make candles, horseshoes, and act out life on the frontier.
"We were happy with the turnout, in spite of the rain," said Jackson.
It seems they were not the only ones pleased with the results from putting back on the Farm Heritage Day, as the Green’s plan on hosting the event next year, despite Green’s wife, Doris, having reservations about it coming back this year.
"She said she wasn’t going to do anything this year, but she helped paint all those chairs and benches," Green said. "She is just all talk."