Heritage Day in Belpre includes tours, demonstrations

From staff reports

The Belpre Historical Society will host its annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Castle Museum Education Center on Ridge Street in Belpre.

Admission is free. A flag ceremony will begin the day at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz.

There will be antique tractors, a pink tractor, a working blacksmith, quilters, spinners, a display of old train photos, dulcimer playing and costumed participants. Light refreshments will be available.

A free van tour of historical sites in Belpre will be held at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

There will also be Heritage Quilts and antique quilting stitches, rug looming and Underground Railroad history, along with light refreshments.

The Farmers Castle Museum also features a General Store, the Exhibit Barn, a gift shop and a Victorian era room. The Belpre Historical Society accepts donations of historical artifacts that belonged to a Belpre area family, have some significance as to time and place, and/or would be acceptable within an exhibit that the society is developing, such as the General Store.

Every item has a history and the donors are always willing to share the stories with the volunteer staff, who in turn share the history with visitors. The society is increasing its genealogy resources and would like to have copies of family histories.

The Farmers Castle Museum Education Center is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. through the end of October. It is open other times by appointment. Groups are especially welcome. Memberships for students, individuals, families and for businesses are available.