Celebrate the autumn traditions and fellowship of an agricultural community in mid-19th-century Ohio from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Old-Time Harvest Day at Century Village in Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.
For most of Ohio’s history, the fall harvest featured neighbors working together to reap the fruits of the growing season and prepare for the winter ahead. The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the City of Grove City provide an opportunity for families to connect with their community’s past. The celebration shares our past through storytelling and activities to honor 150 years of proud history.
Enjoy a living history experience with a variety of hands-on activities including old-time games, traditional crafts such as leather tooling and rope weaving, and daily chores like churning butter and pumping well water. Take a wagon ride through Century Village, mingle with costumed re-enactors, listen to period music and observe traditional cooking practices. View restored or reconstructed historical buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, general store and barns. Visit the village herb garden, windmill and antique equipment.
Stop in the blacksmith shop to watch a metalworking demonstration on a traditional forge. If the display lights a spark of interest in this re-emerging craft, the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department regularly offers blacksmithing classes.
Attendance and parking are free, donations of non-perishable food items for the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted at this rain-or-shine event. The schedule of events will be available in late September.