Most of the time Beavercreek’s Wartinger Park is a quiet place, but once a year the historical park’s old log homes and barn come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of a time gone by.
During the Sept. 15 Beavercreek Heritage Day Festival, the shutters on the pioneer log homes are flung open and visitors will experience a bit of pioneer Beavercreek — when meals were cooked over an open fire, clothes were cleaned with a washboard, a cell wasn’t a phone but a holding facility for prisoners and a hard drive was a rough trip with the horse and buggy.
The Beavercreek Historical Society, in conjunction with the Flower Trail Garden Club, will host the Heritage Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Wartinger Park, located at 3080 Kemp Road.
There will be open-house tours of the five historical structures dating back to 1803 to 1860, including the newly created schoolhouse setting in the Jarusiewic Cabin.
Live music will include The Odd Lots Dulcimers from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Guitar Pickers from 1 – 3 p.m.; and
Ohio River Minstrels from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Garth Appraisers of Delaware, Ohio will be on hand in the barn from 10 a.m. until noon offering verbal antique appraisals on items carried in for $5 per item.
A variety of pioneer children’s activities will be available for $2 per child and children of all ages will be invited to enjoy the Penny Candy Store.
Local artisans and craftspeople will be demonstrating weaving, quilting, tatting and rug hooking, while woodworkers, basket makers and others will have their goods for sale.
Wreaths, dried herbs and baked goods created by Flower Trail Garden Club members will be available, as well as food and drink from the historical society’s food booth. Dedication of the new Ken Wartinger Memorial is planned for 11 am.
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