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Annual Pioneer Day set for Saturday

Posted: November 15, 2017 - 2:56am
Colorful and meticulously restored antique tractors will again be on display and each person bringing one will receive a colorful commemorative pin.  Additionally there will be beautiful cars from the Old Ninety Six Model A Car Club. SPECIAL
Colorful and meticulously restored antique tractors will again be on display and each person bringing one will receive a colorful commemorative pin. Additionally there will be beautiful cars from the Old Ninety Six Model A Car Club. SPECIAL

The Lincoln County Historical Society will hold its 21st Annual Pioneer Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Lincoln County Historical Park.

Guests can see all of the attractions of the park in operation.

The grist mill under the supervision of Wayne Beggs will be grinding corn into fine meal that makes grits. There will be demonstrations of ginning cotton using the circa 1840's animal powered cotton gin, one of the few remaining operational animal-powered cotton gins in the country. At the cane press, sorghum cane will be pressed to extract the juice, then boiled on the syrup furnace to concentrate it into syrup. The finished product will be available for purchase in the Country Store. If you wonder how apple cider is made, watch Murray Norman demonstrate and explain the process. If you want to know how clothes were washed before washing machines, stroll over by the well, warm yourself by the wash fire and talk to Debra Pierce. If you want to know more about the Revolutionary War, stop by and talk to Don and Pat Thomas. Be sure to take a close look at their period clothing. Ask Don to demonstrate loading and shooting a muzzle loading weapon.

Southern Cooking is one big draw of Pioneer Day. Historical Society members met several weeks ago to pick turnip greens that were then prepared to be served on Pioneer Day. Food includes apple fritters, chicken and dumplings, red beans and rice, sausage biscuits and ham biscuits. The concession stand will be manned by Lincoln County Commissioners, selling barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers.

One demonstration item that is also tremendously useful is a 1950's vintage portable sawmill, which was originally on the Glaze Farm in Lincoln County. Guests can see this sawmill operate on Pioneer Day, but should also recognize that the members use the sawmill to provide the lumber needed to repair and restore the buildings in the Park.

The Salem Academy, a one-room schoolhouse formerly located adjacent to Salem Baptist Church has been restored as appropriate for a one-room schoolhouse.
It will be the site of an interesting talk by Bob Kinney who will discuss his experiences as a student in a one room school.

 

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