Bullskin Township Heritage Day is Saturday
History will come alive this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 15th annual Bullskin Township Heritage Day.
The annual celebration of local history hosted by the Bullskin Township Historical Society on the grounds of the Mt. Washington Iron Furnace continues to grow each year.
“More and more people are knowing about the event and telling their family and friends and each year more are coming. It's a unique event, and it's kind of like mountain craft days because we have the artists there who are demonstrating their crafts, and people like it because it's like going back in time,” said Kim Brown, who serves as president of the historical society.
There will be 15 booths at this year's event with 10 featuring artists selling their wares and demonstrating their crafts, said Connie Rhodes, the event's arts coordinator.
Some of the artists include a blacksmith, tinsmith, basket weaver, soap maker and carvers from the Somerset Woodcarvers, Rhodes said.
There will also be people demonstrating felting, floral art, fiber art, soft sculpture and jewelry making.
Rhodes said there are so many artists this year, volunteers had to clear brush from more of the property to make room for more booth space.
She said another highlight that is new this year will be a 1790 Historical Pioneer Camp.
“A re-enactor from Somerset, who is also an author, will set up an encampment all day. He will also sell historical novels he has written,” Rhodes said.
Also new this year the Bullskin Boy Scout Troop #164 will have an encampment on festival grounds Friday night through Saturday. The scouts will also be doing demonstrations. The members of the Bullskin Girl Scouts will also be on hand to help with children's activities.
Event Chairman Bonnie Brougher said this year the historical society will have antiques for sale, including a rug, an oil lamp and old tins.
“We are all donating pieces, and the money raised will go to the society,” Brougher said.
Inside the cabin on the grounds, visitors can view a display featuring the historic Bullskin Township Fire Department. The fire department will also have a truck outside on display.
“They are part of our community, and they are there when we need them, and we have firemen that are members,” Brougher said.
On the cabin's porch there will be an art exhibit titled “Art in Old Mt. Vernon Park.” The exhibit will feature original paintings of Bullskin Township.
There is a new addition to the festival grounds.
Society members recently built a multi-purpose building they are calling the “Little Green House.”
“We are growing. Our historical society was founded in 1996, and since then people have donated items from the area and we just ran out of room so we needed someplace for storage. Now we will be able to display more of our artifacts in our cabin plus it looks so pretty,” Brown said.
She said the building is also going to serve as the kitchen for the festival.
Brougher said the building will be dedicated during the event's opening ceremony.
“The building represents that we are growing in history and it will have a plaque that will have the names of all of the society presidents up to this point,” Brougher said.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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