Sept. 24-25: Pioneer Days in London

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Harlan Clark (left) of London gives the cup-and-ball game a try at last year’s Pioneer Days at the Madison County Historical Society. Reenactors Freya Byrd, Nikki Byrd, and Milly Byrd cheer him on and give him pointers. Children’s games will be part of the fun once again at this year’s Pioneer Days set for Sept. 24-25.

(Posted Sept. 14, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Take a trip back in time with the Madison County Historical Society’s Pioneer Days. The festivities are set for 12-5 p.m. Sept. 24-25 at the museum grounds, 260 E. High St., London. Admission is free.

“We’ll be giving residents a glimpse of what early Ohio life was like. It’s a great opportunity for the public to come out and learn something about where they live,” said J.T. Byrd, museum board president.

Each day, volunteers and other history buffs will conduct demonstrations including blacksmithing, rope making, leather working, wool spinning, sewing, the firing of flintlock muskets, and more. Members of the King’s American Regiment, a group of militia reenactors, will set up camp representing British soldiers of the late 18th century.

Some of the demonstrations are interactive. For example, visitors can try their hand at running the rope making machine. They also can try throwing a tomahawk at a wood block target. As for children’s games, young visitors can try playing naughts and crosses, a game that is similar to tic-tac-toe, nine pins which has similarities to bowling, or graces, a catch-and-throw game.

Music is on the schedule, too. The Springfield Dulcimer Club will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday followed by the Silver Cornet Band at 3 p.m.

A few vendors will set up shop on the grounds throughout the weekend. One will be selling blacksmithed items and soap made with goat’s milk and lye as was done in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Another vendor will be selling baked goods. T&A Catering will be selling food.

All of the Historical Society’s buildings will be open for tours, including the museum, the Jonathan Alder log cabin, the Elizabeth Kitchen log house, the one-room school house, the barn containing antique farm equipment, the blacksmith shop, and the caboose and train station.

Byrd said Pioneer Days is one of the many ways the Madison County Historical Society reaches out to the community to share information about the county’s heritage.

“It is an all-volunteer effort. We just want to teach history and what life was like back on the frontier of Ohio,” he said.

For more information about the Madison County Historical Society, call (740) 852-2977 or visit “Madison County Ohio Historical Society” on Facebook.

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