Pioneer Days Festival set for Sept. 28-29

(Posted Sept. 17, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Historical Society is gearing up for its annual Pioneer Days Festival.

“We have a lot more things to see and a lot more things to do this year,” said Vince Shuler, Historical Society board president.

Set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28-29, the festival will take place on the Historical Society grounds, 260 E. High St., London. Admission is free.

“We have more reenactors this year. That means lots of people in period costume talking about what life was like back then,” Shuler said.

A group outfitted as 1800s militia men will put on a small skirmish. A solo reenactor will pitch a tent, dress as a Civil War soldier and display relics from the time period. A couple of history enthusiasts will demonstrate tomahawk throwing and give visitors a chance to try it.

Blacksmithing, soapmaking, Native American storytelling, embroidery and lace-making demonstrations, and live music are on the schedule, too. The Darby Creek Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will display artifacts. Chapter members also invite the public to bring artifacts they’d like to know more about.

The list of activities and demonstrations continues to grow as organizers receive word from other reenactors and performers interested in taking part in the festival.

Miller’s Ice Cream and Nick’s Food Truck will sell tasty treats throughout the weekend.

The event also will feature vendors selling traditional and non-traditional goods, from jams, jellies and crafts to laser engravings. A 10×10 vendor space is $25 for the weekend. Vendors must bring their own tents, tables and chairs.

The Historical Society will have a booth dedicated to one of its new fundraisers. The group is replicating a Dresden flower quilt made in 1901 by a group of women from Summerford. Supporters can have their names embroidered on the new quilt. The cost is $10 to have a name on a petal and $20 to have a name on a flower’s center. The new blue-and-white quilt will be displayed next to the old red-and-white quilt at the Historical Society Museum. Donors’ names will be entered into several drawings for quilted items during the course of the fundraiser, which will continue until all of the petals and flowers are filled.

For more information about Pioneer Days, contact Vince Shuler at or (937) 831-1394.

More Historical Society events

The Historical Society’s annual dinner meeting is set for Oct. 17 at the Red Brick Tavern, 1700 Cumberland St., London. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. A guest speaker and election of trustees is planned. Anyone is welcome.

Tickets are $25 and include dinner: a choice of stuffed chicken breast or salisbury steak with sides, drinks and dessert. For tickets, stop by the museum or call (740) 852-2977. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays.

The Society’s Christmas open house will take place 1-4 p.m. Dec. 8. The museum will be decked out in holiday decorations. Traditional music, punch and cookies, and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus are planned. Admission is free.

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