Heritage Day is scheduled for April 29
The fourth annual Heritage Day will have a new look this year thanks to a gift of several canvas tents of the kind used for field hospitals during the Civil War.
The free event, organized by the Louisa County Historical Society, will take place on the grounds of the Sargeant Museum in the town of Louisa on Fredericksburg Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 29. Heritage Day gives people a taste of how craftsmen plied their trades in 19th-century Louisa, with a focus on the period between the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
The Pallas Athena Ladies Aid Society, a reenactor group based at the Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville, donated the canvas tents and will be present at Heritage Day to show visitors how nurses cared for soldiers.
“They, like the Old Dominion Draft Horse and Mule Association, have adopted the Louisa County Heritage Day as one of their signature events each year,” Elaine Taylor, historical society executive director, said.
Also returning for another showing at this year’s event is the Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild, which will be making wrought-iron stanchions for use in the herb guild garden on the Sargeant Museum grounds. The stanchions, with rope between them, will help with future educational events and demonstrations at the garden.
In addition, the Pennsylvania-based W.S. Hancock Society will present aspects of life in the 1820s, including demonstrations of dueling and hearth cooking.
In keeping with plans to bring the circa-1880s Trevilians Schoolhouse to the Sargeant Museum grounds, the Hancock society will introduce a new program about schoolhouse lessons of the 1820s. In future years, the historical society plans to hold similar programs in the Trevilians schoolhouse itself.
New to Heritage Day this year are two musical acts, including The Wilkinson Family Band of Ashland, which will perform bluegrass at 10:30 a.m., and the Bullrushes Harmonica Group, featuring former Louisa County Circuit Judge Ward Harkrader, playing at 2:30 p.m.
Another newcomer to Heritage Day is Mel Sandlin, a Louisa County scholar, who will tell stories and interpret Native American history.
Other crafts on display will include those of a tanner, spinner, woodworker, tobacconist, sawyer, chair caner and more.
Several activities have been designed with children in mind, including a table where they can make corn shuck dolls, try needlework, spin wool, send a telegraph, or learn Native American sign language.
Heritage Day will be held rain or shine.
Mineral readies for Beautification Festival
The town of Mineral will celebrate Beautification Month by hosting its annual Beautification Day Festival on April 29 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
The event, which will be held on the Mineral Farmer’s Market lot on Louisa Avenue, will feature vendors from all over Louisa County. The focus will be on education, stewardship, conservation and recycling.
Councilwoman Bernice Wilson-Kube was a driving force behind the town’s first Beautification Day Festival eight years ago, when she chaired the town’s Beautification and Anti-Litter Committee.
“We wanted to encourage people to beautify their homes and the town,” she said. “We had the idea to bring vendors the week before the farmers’ market opened and have them sell plants and seeds and handmade crafts for that purpose.”
The event has proven to be successful and continues to draw a crowd each year. While it is difficult to judge the exact number of people who attend the festival, the event tends to stay fairly busy.
“It’s a fun, family event where people can get a head start on beautifying, while supporting local artists and growers,” Becky Vigon, farmers’ market manager and festival organizer, said.
Eighteen vendors have currently signed up to sell everything one might need to put the first touches of spring on their home or garden, from flowers, trees and shrubs to garden ornaments, birdhouses and outdoor furniture.
Some of the regular farmers’ market vendors will participate as well, which means that early produce will be available for purchase. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers will be accepted by those vendors.
Space is still available for vendors, but it is limited. Interested vendors should contact Vigon at (540) 854-7626 or Patricia Vaughn at the Mineral Town Office (540) 894-5100.