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 Adams County Heritage Days 2016 Program

September 30- October 1

Friday, Sep 30:
9 to 12: AM Adams County School Children Program
9 AM Activities begin – Welcome to Heritage Days
Displays and demonstrations in place and operating
Demonstrations – continuing thru the day
Food items for sale
Grassy Run Re-enactors of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s
Old Time Skills – fire starting, writing with a quill pen, tomahawk and knife throwing,
rope making, spinning and weaving, long hunter equipment and trekking, dulcimer
playing, tin punching, old time cooking, and much more
Activities for everyone:
Book author presentations
Old time string and dulcimer music
Local goat farmer display and production items for sale
Small Goat Petting Zoo
Period vendors
Indian and pioneer displays
Old time musicians
Quilting and aprons on Display in Blair Log Cabin – “The Loose Thread Quilters”
Yarn Spinning and Wool Crafts – Bootsie Robinson
Bee keeping and honey harvesting
Civil War – Medicine and Surgery
Photographer on site to photograph people in period dress (Fri 2-4pm & Sat 1-3pm)
Children’s activities:
Grassy Run participation, goat petting zoo & Scavenger Hunt of Wilson Homestead
Cash awards given for Best Period Dress – 4:30 Fri – Sat. 12 & 4:30
Photographs will be taken of each entry drawn and other selected entries.
One drawing award each time from entries for either a woman, school age
child, or man. Registration and more information at desk on porch of
Wilson Homestead. Contestants must re -enter AM and PM
(Grassy Run & Heritage Days participants not eligible as well as an earlier winner cannot re-enter contest in following times)
Living and Local History Presentations:
12:30 PM G. L. Corum – author “Ulysses Underground” –
unexplored roots of U.S. Grant and the Underground Railroad
an interesting presentation with much research
1:15 PM Lindsay Willman – Herb Specialist – Ohio Brush Creek Herb Guild
2:00 PM Sheriff Kimmy Rogers – “Early Law Enforcement in Adams Co.”
2:45 PM Judge Brett Spencer – “Early Judges of Adams County”
11:00 – 12:30 PM & 1:30 – 3:00 PM Open House of the Wilson Homestead
Guided by Southern State Students and Amy Queen, Instructor
4:30 PM Hog Roast Dinner – Tickets in advance or at the gate $10 per person
6:30 PM Music and Fire Pit – Bring your own lawn chairs
6:30 PM Entertainment – Liberty Band (Sponsored by Adams County Historical Society)


Saturday October 1 – 9:00 – 5:00
9:00 AM Activities begin – Welcome to Heritage Days and John T Wilson Homestead
Old time food and hog roast items for sale throughout day
10:00 AM Muzzle Loader firing contest registration and discussion of rules
with (2) competition divisions
12:00 PM Awarding of Prizes for Musket Firing Contest
2:00 PM Muzzle loader firing Demonstration by Bob Evans and Randy Evans
(Grassy Run Participants who have consistently won previous contests)
Open House of Wilson Home and Grounds 10:30 to 11:30 AM and 1 to 4 PM
Guided by Southern State Students and Amy Queen Instructor
Continuing Pioneer Activities and Demonstrations, children’s’ activities, period dress
Living and Local History Presentations:
11:00 PM – Chaplain Steve Zinser – “History of Chaplains in the Military”- Former Chaplain
In the US Army and currently Minister Peebles United Methodist Church
11:45 PM – Tom Johnson – “A study of Ohio rocks and fossils”- House of Phacops
An interesting presentation by a local Adams County person who is nationally
known for his research, discovery and display of significant fossils and rocks
12:15 PM – Pollyanna Covert – Author – “Mystery of the Counterfeit Coins” – a mystery
about the former counterfeit house in Adams County – she is from rural
Adams County and is a self-published author of children and young adult books
1:00 PM – Nina Couser – “Ellen Couser and the Couser Family History”
A real life portrayal of Wilson’s respected housekeeper
1:45 PM – Paul Worley – Adams County Commissioner “Wilson Worthy Poor Fund”
learn about a long forgotten fund that is still In existence in Adams Count
2:00 PM – Lindsay Willman – Herb Specialist – Ohio Brush Creek Herb Guild
2:45 PM – John Martin – “Follow the Drinking Gourd” – an enlightening presentation
of the many uses of gourds in pioneer times and now
5:00 PM activities end
Exhibitors, demonstrations and vendors:
local artist
Local honey sales- Pond Lick & others
Maple syrup sales – Eric Newman
Maple Syrup info. – John Hillger
Bee keeping and honey harvesting
Friends of Serpent Mound – Beverly McKenzie
Old Time Book authors
Blacksmith and handmade item sale items – Jack Miller
Goat cheese and item sales – Gayla Fritzhand
Wood Carver – Todd Richter
Indian Artifacts – Allen Journey, John Barnhart
Arrowheads and ancient Adams County Stones – Robert Crawford
Photographer for period dress and persons – Angelena Newman
Cocoa Rose Adams County Keepsake Sales – Angelena Newman
Gourds – Uses and History – John Martin – Ohio Gourd Assn,
Jewelry and stones – Judy and Darrell
Old Tools – Larry Smart
Wood Worker – Lori Witten
Jewelry and Stones – Native Crafts – Jeanette Anderson
Native Crafts – Mark Burden



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