The annual Heritage Celebration is a joint effort of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society (SWFCHS) and the City of Grove City. Join us 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 3, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 4 in Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road. Bring the family to experience a taste of everyday life in an emerging Ohio farm community in the late 1800s through hands-on experiences, building tours, carriage rides and demonstrations as history comes to life among the buildings of Century Village as bluegrass music fills the air.
Watch vintage “base ball” as a local team takes on the Ohio Village Muffins in an 1860s-style contest at 1 p.m. Saturday; taste hardtack and observe a blacksmith as he transforms metal into useful objects. Partake in a variety of other traditional crafts, games and chores that bring the everyday experiences of Grove City’s ancestors to life. Stop by the SWFCHS tent for information on local history, education opportunities, cultural exhibits and events at Century Village, the Grove City Museum and other historic sites.
Live entertainment appears on stage noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, including Open Rail and Open Highway Bluegrass Band with other musicians roving the grounds throughout the two-day event. Brandon Davenport performs bluegrass and gospel music Saturday and Sunday with added traditional sounds of a dulcimer Sunday afternoon. An outdoor, non-denominational church service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sunday.
The event is free, but donations to the Grove City Food Pantry are appreciated. Handmade crafts as well as food and beverages are available for purchase.
For additional information contact the Grove City Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050 or to participate as a vendor or musician, contact Bella Johnson at 614-519-6447 or visit the Historical Society Facebook event page.