Pioneer Days returning to area

BELLEVUE – Catch a glimpse of life in the 1700s and 1800s when more than 150 re-enactors, demonstrating crafters, sutlers and musicians gather at Historic Lyme Village for the annual Pioneer Days Sept. 7-8.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

The basket maker, blacksmiths, broom maker, harness maker, quilter, spinners, weavers and other artisans are to demonstrate their trades. Crafters and sutlers will have merchandise for sale.

Members of the Richland Co. Museum will be cooking on the open hearth in the Schriner Log House. A variety of homemade foods is to be available at the Carriage House Cafe. Rick Frederick of Tiffin is to churn his home-made ice cream. Roasted nuts and popcorn will be available at the General Store.

Learn how people lived and worked. Peek inside a covered wagon or a tipi. Stroll through the camps of frontiersmen, Colonel Crawford’s Company (Revolutionary War), Settlers of Yesteryear and the Civil War camps of the 5th Ohio Ind. Battery, 2nd S. Carolina Co. I and Taylor’s Battery.

Tap your feet to the music of the Country Crossroad Cloggers, Rev. Edgar Shelly’s Lyme Village Pioneers, the Brick Street Strummers (dulcimer group from Pemberville), and Brad Kepler, “The Great Lakes Minstrel.” Larry Claus will be there with his calliope.

Children can attend one-room school sessions, listen to storytellers, play old-fashioned games such as graces, stilts and hoop rolling, and try their hand at tin-tapping and quill pen writing.

Tours of the 1882 Wright Mansion are to be offered by the Victorian Guild for the benefit of the mansion restoration fund. The cost is $2 for adults. Children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Pioneer Days admission is $6 adults, $4 children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger.