Heritage Celebration

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society wants to show children and their families what life was like in 1800s.

They also want to them to hear it and taste it during the group's annual Heritage Celebration held at Century Village in Grove City, said president Steven Jackson. This is the event that, until this year, was called the "Grove City Encampment."

"It's sights and it's sound and it's experiences from a time period that's rapidly slipping out of our grasp," he said.

The two-day event, which is co-sponsored by the city, features many kid-friendly activities. Children can learn to throw a tomahawk, make period crafts and play traditional games. Visitors can tour a log cabin, general store and blacksmith shop. They can even receive a lesson in the village's one-room school house.

Docents, musicians, craftspeople and Civil War re-enactors will stroll through the village sharing their stories and answering visitors' questions. Artisans who specialize in historic crafts will sell their wares.

Families can catch a baseball game between the Ohio Village Muffins and a local vintage team. The teams dress in uniforms from the mid-1800s and follow the rules from the time period.

Foods that would have been prepared and sold at an old-fashioned county fair will be available, Jackson said. Offerings will include bean soup and corn bread.

Bluegrass and country musicians will be performing throughout the day.

"It's going to be a lot of fun and a very educational experience," he said.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton