The good old days

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The city of Grove City and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society teamed up to transport hundreds of modern-day residents back to the 19th century for the annual Old-Time Harvest Day on Oct. 1. Held at Century Village in Fryer Park, the event allows visitors to experience a day-in-the-life of those who lived in the area in the mid-1800’s through a variety of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. Pictured here providing some of the live entertainment during the afternoon event is local musician Nancy Pennell. She was joined by members of the SWFCHS who delighted the crowd with bluegrass, country, and folk songs.
Jack Antry, 10, and SWFCHS volunteer Tom Wilhelm put the finishing touches on a new leather bookmark.
Ezra Marzec finds a pumpkin in the patch at the Century Garden at Fryer Park.
Grove City resident Sierra Wood poses with her 7-year-old American miniature horse Cinnamon. Cinnamon was joined by other animal pals such as chickens, hens, rabbits and sheep at the event courtesy of Wood and her fellow members of the Grove City Clover Crew 4-H Club.
Jacob Corbin, 3, is amused by the wooden toys children used during the 19th century.
SWFCHS volunteer Jeffrey May works at the corn shelling machine at the Funk-Ziegenspeck Granary.
Emily Faherty and her daughter Ruby, 2, say cheers to a pleasant day and “meal” at the event. The kitchen was part of ‘Bring the Farm to You’ Child’s Homestead program. In addition to this kitchen area that showcased some of the foods and drinks one might find at the breakfast table back in the day, additional stations included clothes washing, dough forming, and living quarters which turned into an impromptu nap time for some children who found the rugs appealing.
Grove City Clover Crew 4-H Club members Paul Radwanski, Sarah Radwanski, and Morgan Zelenak (pictured from front to back) try their hand at board walking.
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