Indulge your inner pioneer at Jonathan Alder Day

The Tri-Village Dulcimers of Columbus will perform at Jonathan Alder Day on Sept. 17 at the Madison County Historical Society in London.

(Posted Sept. 6, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Take a trip back in time as the Madison County Historical Society presents Jonathan Alder Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

Named for Madison County’s first white settler, the event is timed to coincide with Jonathan Alder’s birthdate. He was born on Sept. 17, 1773, and died on Jan. 30, 1844.

Alder’s cabin will be among the buildings open for tours. Others include the museum, one-room schoolhouse, Elizabeth Kitchen log house, train station and caboose, and blacksmith shop.

Sandi Fox repaints the parking entrance sign at the Madison County Historical Society. Fox is one of several volunteers who has helped to spruce up the museum grounds. Visitors to Jonathan Alder Day have a chance to view their good work.

Visitors can expect to see volunteers dressed in period garb, manning stations dedicated to cider making, butter churning, blacksmithing, sewing, quilting and other pioneer pursuits. At 3 p.m., Garrett Monnin, a local model train and steam engine enthusiast, will give a presentation.

Children’s games are planned, and the Tri-Village Dulcimers of Columbus will perform. Bluebird Retirement Community is supplying picnic food at no cost.

In addition to the collections on display inside the museum, a conestoga wagon will be available for up-close perusal outside, as will a collection of old bicycles.

Several items will be available for purchase, including history books, greeting cards, knives, collectibles, and museum gift shop items. The Historical Society also is selling raffle tickets for a quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winner will be drawn on Oct. 13 at Bluegrass & Barbecue, presented by the Historical Society and the London Visual Arts Guild at the Della Selsor Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.

The Madison County Historical Society museum will be open during Jonathan Alder Day. Among the many items on display are this quilt, made in 1901 by women from Summerford and London. Anyone who gave a dime got their name stitched on a flower petal; the quilt features over 200 names.

Jonathan Alder Day marks the first major public event the Historical Society has hosted since completing renovation work that started in May. The museum has new doors, restored siding on the parking lot side, and a spruced up deck. The Kitchen House has been re-chinked. New paint has been applied to the Kitchen House trim, Asher House (currently used for storage), barn shutters, and signs.

This year’s Jonathan Alder Day is dedicated to the memory of Eleanor Phillips, the museum’s first director.

The Historical Society museum and grounds are located at 260 E. High St. in London. Parking is accessed off of East First Street. For more information, call the museum at (740) 852-2977.

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