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“Generations Meet” is the theme of the 1812 event to be held in the backyard of the historical society museum Friday evening.
Saturday and Friday from 7-9 p.m., we welcome a few re-enactors portraying militia
volunteers in the War of 1812. Stories will be told around the campfire by Earl Bayer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who reminisces about his journey with George Rogers Clark to take Vincennes during the Revolutionary War, and laments about America’s involvement in yet another war. Doris Riley will conduct a candlelight tour of the
museum. Touring the museum by subdued lighting gives one a whole new impression of the era in which the Hartsough home was constructed. For those who are concerned about candles, our candles and candle lanterns are battery operated and there will be lighting on stairs for safety. There might even be a visit from a ghost or two.
Saturday morning the event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earl will be joined by Fred
Shaw (official storyteller for the Shawnee Remnant Band) who will portray a mounted
militiaman, minus his horse. Bob Stewart will demonstrate flint knapping and display his hand made Indian bows, arrows and accouterments. Historical society board member, Larry Dale Perry, will have his Indian artifacts on display and offer his vast knowledge of Indian lore. Dr. Joy Arnold and Ron Devore will provide
entertainment. Tom Strassell will display a cannon and conduct a cannon demonstration. Kim Hearn will demonstrate basket weaving and children games will be conducted by children, of course.
Many of our historical society members will be in period dress and strolling the grounds, ready to discuss with you the patriotism of Kentuckians who ardently desired to teach the British and Indians a lesson. We are in the process of getting food vendors
so delicious fare is planned for our visitors. Mayor Doug West will be on hand for the opening ceremonies at 10, followed by "The Star Spangled Banner” penned during the War of 1812 and sung by Dr. Joy Arnold.
Cannon demonstrations are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and activities throughout the day include visiting with the militia in their camp, playing games, and enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the early 1800s.
Tours of the museum will also be conducted by historical society members. Please bring your family and plan on joining us for these fun-filled two days.
Preparing for a historic event takes many hours of hard work. Our thanks to historical
society member Bobby Gibson and his cousin, Oscar, who mowed our yard and to Teresa Swigert who lent us tent awnings. Arthur Kincaid, Darrel Baker, Hugh Duvall, and president, Jeannie Baker are busy planting flowers, weeding, and cleaning the
remnants of our bird friends who built their nests in the pavilion. Larry Dale Perry
is rounding up awnings and vendors to ensure a successful day.
The society will still be in full swing the following Sunday, June 10 from 11A.M.-2 P.M.
when we offer for your dinner enjoyment Big Jim Acton’s Fish Fry. We had originally
planned on pulled pork BBQ, but since it seems Owen countians enjoy their fish more
than any other food, we decided to comply with their wishes.
The fare will include fish, hush puppies, baked beans, slaw, drink and dessert. All for the price of $8. So plan on joining us at the I.O.O.F. hall as Jim and his kitchen crew including Darrel Baker, Larry Dale Perry, and Ruth Hazlett cook your fish to perfection. Our faithful historical society members will be attentively serving you.
Lori Powers husband, J.O., has graciously donated an oak file cabinet filled with Lori’s
history and genealogy to the historical society’s research room. He also decided to use
the funds donated in Lori’s memory to purchase and install a mantle in the parlor
of the museum. Many may remember this mantle which was a fixture in the office of
Owen countian, Dr. Bowling. It’s a beautiful piece and will add to the atmosphere of the
Hartsough Home. A plaque will be installed on the mantle commemorating Lori and her
service to her family, friends and Owen County.
The museum will reopen on Mondays beginning May 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. President
Jeannie Baker will be back to work and she is going to try to work full days.
Those of you who visit us know how difficult it is for us to keep the museum open and
running. The house is in need of repairs and paint. Birds have been finding their way
into the attic through holes which need to be closed off.
We are planning on pouring a concrete driveway and the Clothing Center graciously
contributed to that last year. However, the cost is higher than expected so we are looking for more funding. The floor in the bathroom of the museum has rotted and needs to be replaced. We had to board up our widow’s walk because the pull-down stairs broke, and the hand-laid stone wall at the side of the museum is falling.
We are searching for funding for these projects and if anyone can make a donation to
help, we would be very grateful. Please note on your check if you would like to contribute to museum repairs and send to 206 N. Main St., Owenton, KY 40359. We thank you in advance for any assistance you might give to help us continue our vision of preserving Owen County history.
In many ways our museum is unique. Most small historical society museums in Kentucky are research centers, but in the halls and five rooms of our Owen County Historical Society Museum are county pictures, clothing, and artifacts.
However, we do devote one of our areas to historical research and family genealogy.
That room, named for Owen County attorney, T.A. Perry, was renovated and decorated
in his memory by Perry’s wife, Geraldine. T.A. Perry was an avid historian and his passion for preserving the records of Owen County was evident in his writings. The room is brimming with documents, some copies of originals dating to the 1700’s; and it is here people can visit to get acquainted with previous generations.
Records of births, marriages, deaths, fires, floods, sales of property, hopes, dreams, and aspirations all join together to form a picturesque image and connects us to a most vital part of our lives -- our ancestors and the legacy they left to us.