Celebrate the sesquicentennial of the incorporation of Grove City as a village in 1866 as history comes to life among the buildings of Century Village. Get a taste of everyday life in an emerging Ohio farm community in the late 1800s through hands-on experiences, building tours, interactions with re-enactors and demonstrations. The first 500 families receive a commemorative sesquicentennial coin.
Step into the blacksmith shop to see an actual blacksmith demonstrate customary metal working techniques. Toss horseshoes, taste hardtack, use a washboard and bin to clean clothes, saw wood, and make rope and other crafts. Wander through log cabins and barns, a one-room school house original to the site, a general store and more to view artifacts and hear stories of how our ancestors lived as well as the history of Century Village from members of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society.
Music fills the air with performance from bluegrass bands including The Corey Hensley Band, Nightflyer and Borderline to appear Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., as well as from roaming musicians throughout the two-day event.
Don’t miss the big game Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Ohio Village Muffins challenge the Century Village Greyhounds to a vintage “base ball” game following the 1860 rules.
An outdoor, non-denominational church service is planned at 10 a.m., Sunday.
This annual event is presented by the City of Grove City and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations to the Grove City Food Pantry are accepted. Food, drinks and crafts are available for purchase. For information on being an exhibitor, call 614-519-6447.