Old time traditions in Century Village

Celebrate the autumn traditions and fellowship of an agricultural community in mid-19th-century Ohio from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Old-Time Harvest Day at Century Village in Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.

For most of Ohio’s history, the fall harvest featured neighbors working together to reap the fruits of the growing season and prepare for the winter ahead. 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 and daily chores; including leather tooling, rope weaving, churning butter and pumping well water. Take a wagon ride through Century Village, mingle with costumed re-enactors, listen to period music and observe traditional cooking practices. Visit restored or reconstructed historical buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, general store and barns. View the village herb garden, windmill and antique equipment.

Stop in the blacksmith shop to watch a metalworking demonstration on a traditional forge. If the display lights a spark of interest in this re-emerging craft, contact the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department regarding regularly scheduled blacksmithing classes.

Attendance and parking are free, donations of non-perishable food items for the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted at this rain-or-shine event. For additional information, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call 614-277-3050.

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