21st Annual Old Home Days at Greenwood Furnace State Park
Begins 08/04/2012 10:00AM
The 21st annual Old Home Days Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sunday, August 5th from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm at Greenwood Furnace State Park. Discover the heritage of this former iron furnace community through Living History presentations, demonstrations, and musical programs focused around a rural industrial village of the 19th century. You can even participate in many activities, including our Old Home Day tradition, the cake walk! Best of all, the entire event is free. It’s a great way to get your family outdoors, learn some history, and have some fun!
Schedule of Events:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th:
DAILY LIFE IN THE VILLAGE (10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Stage 2 area)
Discover what daily life was like in an ironmaking village by trying your hand at common chores in 19th century rural homes. Great activities for the kids!
VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME (1:00 pm at the Ballfield)
Come and grab “The Mule” and score a three-bagger in this vintage base ball game. Play base ball the way it was meant to be played, using circa 1870 rules. So don’t loft a daisy fly and you’ll score an Ace. Play Ball!
HERITAGE BRASS (4:00 pm on Stage 2) Join us for a musical interlude as the Heritage Brass Band plays patriotic music and music of the 19th century.
MUSIC OF THE PAST AND PRESENT WITH VAN WAGNER (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Stage 1)
Come and enjoy this musical program with songwriter and entertainer Van Wagner. Van will be presenting an interactive performance of songs and stories from one of our great and memorable periods of history.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th:
HISTORIC CHURCH SERVICE (10:30 am in the church)
An historic recreation of a church service will be held at the Greenwood Furnace Methodist Episcopal Church as the “Rev. John A. DeMoyer” delivers a message based on typical sermons heard at Greenwood Furnace in the 19th century.
IRON ORE MINING (1:00 pm at Stage 2)
What was it like to mine iron ore? Was it similar to coal mining, or different? Come and learn about digging those “rusty diamonds” in this program by Van Wagner and Paul Fagley.
CAKE WALK (2:15 pm at Stage 2)
Come and join us in an Old Home Day tradition – the annual cake walk. Can you win a cake, stop by and find out!
SONGS OF OUR INDUSTRIAL PAST WITH VAN WAGNER (3:30 pm on Stage 2)
Come and enjoy this free outdoor concert as Van Wagner gives us a musical send-off. Van is a versatile performer who is known for giving traditional music a flair and even writes his own music. Much of Van’s music focuses on our industrial heritage of coal mining, logging, and of course, ironmaking.
More information about this program or future programs visit the State Parks website at www.visitPAparks.com.