Go ‘Back to the Past’ at Scribner’s Mill

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Gerry Smith is making birch hoops for barrels to be made at this year’s Back to the Past at Scribner’s Mill. John Hatch in the background at the barrel stave trimmer.

Go ‘Back to the Past’ at Scribner’s Mill

HARRISON – Visitors can go “Back to the Past” at Scribner’s Mill for its 15th annual turn-of-the-century homestead and sawmill celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5. This year’s event should have something for everyone, including demonstrations, exhibits, house tours, children’s activities and food.

Old machinery will be turning out barrel parts, shingles and planned boards. Master craftsman Bob Dunning will be in the mill working on the sash saw. Gerry Smith will be making barrels, which will be available for sale.

The blacksmith will be working in the blacksmith shop producing the hardware for the sash saw and where the newly restored bellows will be on display. Outside the blacksmith shop there will be horseshoeing demonstrations on Saturday.

In the field across from the mill, exhibitors will be cranking up their antique engines, tractors, trucks and autos. Ed Somers will be in charge of the weekend timber framing workshop. On Sunday, the 4-H Oxen Club will be demonstrating with their oxen.

In the homestead, the Scribner sisters will offer tours and share stories of their life at Scribner’s Mill. At lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, pianist Bruce Barrett will be at the piano playing old-time music. Visitors are encouraged to sing along.

In the barn there will be a display of old pictures and post cards; and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, basketry, broom making, tatting and chair caning. New this year will be demonstrations of how iron is cast. The demonstration will be held in conjunction with Harrison’s T.H. Ricker and Sons Manufacturing Co. display.

The 1920s nine-passenger rail bus provided passenger service on the narrow gauge line from Harrison to Hiram. The bus will arrive Saturday morning and will be in service on the track at Scribner’s Mill through Sunday.

Next to the corn house, children will be able to participate in workshops from 10:30 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. At 2:30, the young at heart will have an opportunity to turn the crank to make ice cream, and free samples will be offered. There will be a traditional race between the hand-cranked and the antique motor-turned ice cream makers.

The Just Deserts booth will offer homemade ice cream on homemade pies. Fresh squeezed lemonade will also be for sale. At the sales booth, shirts or hats with an embroidered design will be available.

A pig roast and baked bean supper will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday with reservations recommended.

For the first time there will be worship services under the tent at 9:30 and at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Admission to the festival is $5; children 12 and under, free. Proceeds will benefit Scribner’s Mill Preservation Inc. for the restoration of the 1847-1962 saw mill site. Scribner’s Mill is one mile south of Bolster’s Mills on Scribner Mill Road. For more information or supper reservations, call 583-MILL (6455).

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