Stepping back in time for Old-Time Harvest Day

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On Oct. 3, modern day residents of the city of Grove City stepped back into the past during the Old-Time Harvest Day held at Century Village in Fryer Park. The annual event, which is sponsored by the city and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, allows attendees to experience what life was like back in the mid-1800s through a variety of demonstrations and exhibits. Here, Grove City resident Evan Storts (right) and Columbus resident Matt Goodman (left) portray local infantrymen of the Civil War as the four-hour event kicks off.
Southwest Franklin County Historical Society volunteer Julia Bidwell plays with a few of the wooden toys children used during the 19th century. She said she had “quite a bit of fun” doing so.
Dean Lykins, a volunteer with the historical society, uses an improvised wash tub to make music.
Isabella Dimmerling, 4, finds enjoyment out of cranking the heavy handle to get the water to pour at the pump.
One of the most anticipated events at the Old-Time Harvest Day was the public dedication of the restored 137-year-old train depot. Here, Southwest Franklin County Historical Society President Steve Jackson, speaks of the importance of preserving history before the depot was finally opened to the public after a year-long pandemic delay.
Bev Babbert, a historical society volunteer, picks a few of the Hartman’s yellow tomatoes that were still growing in the garden.

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