Bullskin Township Heritage and Community Day marks 15th year

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Set in the picturesque woods that surround the Mt. Vernon Furnace grounds, the Bullskin Township Historical Society once again will celebrate tradition and long-past eras with its annual Heritage and Community Day on Saturday.

The one-day event is a step into the era of pioneers, with vendors and displays that will be reminiscent of the time of our ancestors.

“We have some wonderful vendors coming this year,” said event chairwoman Bonnie Brougher of the period vendors that will include several artisans such as tinsmiths. “We have a nice variety.”

The event is marking its 15th year and annually welcomes people from all over the area for a little history and a lot of fun.

The event will feature a baby contest and an art contest that welcomes local artists to bring in original works for display.

“We got a great response last year,” Brougher said of the art contest. “We received permission from the artists, and we took photos of the work then made little postcards out of them. We are selling them as a fundraising project for the historical society, and we are planning on doing the same thing this year.”

The event will feature music and food that will be prepared and provided by members of the historical society.

One of the day's highlights will be the historic furnace itself, a 33-foot high stone furnace constructed in 1801 by Isaac Meason that was restored by the society in the 1990s.

The group's historian, Jim Whetsel, will give talks at the furnace site at 11 a.m, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“Jim is our historian, and he always gives wonderful and interesting presentations on the furnace,” Brougher said.

A special shed will be dedicated this year to all the past and present presidents of the group. The Bullskin Volunteer Fire Department also will be honored at the event.

“They are a great part of our community,” Brougher said. “We try to reach out to one part of our community every year that is a big part of Bullskin.”

The children's' Patriotic Parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Area Scouts will offer their talents and time for children's crafts at the event.

The circuit rider preacher will be making a return appearance and will ride into the festival grounds at noon via horseback.

Antiques will be offered for sale, and chances on a set of table and chairs offered as a fundraising project will be available.

Free parking for the event will be at the upper lot of the Bullskin Community Fairgrounds, and a short walk will bring visitors to the site.

“It's just a short three-to-four minute walk,” Brougher said. “There will also be a shuttle available from the parking lot or if you like, you can come and drop someone off before you go to park.”

The event is free to attend.

“There is just so much to do in one day,” Brougher said. “A lot of people just come and end up spending the entire day. It's a nice way to visit with friends or just to get out and enjoy the day.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to dusk.

Follow the signs that will be posted along Route 982 between routes 119 and 31 for parking directions.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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