HARRISON — An open house at Scribner’s Mill will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and will feature a demonstration of barrel making, as well as tours of the mill, which also manufactured shingles, lathe-turned handles, clapboards and shook during its years of operation from 1847 through 1962.

Visitors to the turn of the century saw mill and homestead can participate in the making of the barrels, which are also available for purchase at $35 or $45 each.

This year’s 20th anniversary of Back to the Past will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7. New at Back to the Past this year will be an antique fair to be held throughout the weekend, and organizers are seeking dealers who would like to set up a 12-foot by 12-foot popup tent and display their old-time treasures. Booths cost $20, or dealers can donate an item to the live auction, which will be held on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the antique fair or live auction is asked to contact Assistant Event Coordinator Gail Geraghty at 595-6954 or email her at [email protected]

Back to the Past will also feature a farmers’ market on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a teamsters rally, in which eight teams of oxen will demonstrate their pulling abilities.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Back to the Past, Back to the Future,” emphasizing the mill’s mission to bring the past into the future to create a working sawmill museum for year-round education of the public. Scribner’s Mill, which operated from 1847 to 1962, is the only mid-19th century sash sawmill remaining in North America that remains on its original site and still has much of its original equipment.

Back to the Past will also feature an old-fashioned pig and turkey roast and baked bean supper on Saturday at 5 p.m., at a cost of $8 per person, as well as sawmill demonstrations, exhibits, homestead activities, wagon rides, children’s activities and homestead tours. For more information, call Geraghty or visit the Scribner’s Mill website, www.scribnersmill.org or their Facebook page.

The mill is located on Scribner’s Mill Road off Maple Ridge Road or off Bolster’s Mills Road via Jesse Mill Road.


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