By ROSIE GITHINJI
MT. VERNON —
The Jefferson County Historical Village brought out the young and old during its Heritage Festival during the weekend.
The festival allows patrons to catch a glimpse of what life was like from the mid to late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. There were costumed docents, a spelling bee, a cyphering match, a craft fair, displays, a cemetery walk and many more activities for people to participate in.
Jamie Wheeler, Jefferson County Historical Society director of community relations, said the turnout was really good, despite the cooler temperatures and muddy conditions.
“Everything has gone really well,” she said.
Lucy Baker, a member of the Historical Society, sold home made breads as well as jams, jellies and preservatives during the festival.
She made four of the jam and jelly selections, but bought the rest because she did not have the ingredients for some or thought they would be good additions.
“I’m trying to educate people about the different types of jellies and jams and preservatives,” she said, adding that Saturday was so successful, she had very few supplies left for Sunday.
Baker also does the cemetery walk during the festival, but said no one showed up for the walk on Saturday. She speculated it could have been for a number of reasons, including the weather, or maybe that people thought since it was so close to Halloween, it would be scary.
“It’s not scary, it’s historical,” she pointed out.
Ted Smith was also a participant in the Heritage Festival. He is a former board member of the Historical Village and a member of the Historical Society. Smith is also a World War II reenactor and had a display of clothes, weapons and mess kits ranging from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1900’s. The displays show how the items a soldier uses has changed over a span of about 200 years.
This was the fourth year Smith participated in the Heritage Festival.
“I have always liked history,” he said. “And I have the chance to interact with people and provide some education.”
Wayne Richard and his grandson Hayden Dubach attended the Heritage Festival last year. Richard said they came back for the popcorn, as well as the displays.
He said they will continue to come each year, “as long as they keep adding to it.”
Bill Leutner of Hoylton said he read about the Heritage Festival in the paper and that is what brought him to the Historical Society. He said he comes to Mt. Vernon quite often, but this is the first time he has ever been to the Historical Village.
“What I see, I like,” he said of the festival. “I like old stuff. It brings back memories.”