The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

July 13, 2014

Jefferson Depot Village hosts 1890s re-enactment

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Depot Church was filled to Saturday as dozes of people came to watch the “circuit riding preacher” at the Jefferson Depot Village, said Jefferson Village Depot spokeswoman Jean Dutton.

The Early America “Live” and 1890s Re-enactment will continue today with a variety of ways to step back in time.

Dutton said the event will help pay for expenses on a new building that is expected on depot grounds within the next week. It will be cut in half and brought to the village in two pieces, she said.

The building will be a period library, but was originally used as a post office and general store, Dutton said.

Numerous volunteers dressed in 1890’s garb took people back to a time period that is often forgotten.

“More people should come out and see this,” said Kirk Jennings of Conneaut while enjoying lunch with Vee Lomas, also of Conneaut..

“We both love history,” said Loomas while sitting with Jennings at a picnic table.

“I wonder if it was this tranquil,” Loomas said. She said she expected it was not because of the blacksmith that would likely be making significant noise while applying his craft.

Dutton said a variety of buildings will be open today, including the blacksmith shop, church, general store, tavern, postoffice, Victorian house, pharmacy and of course the depot.

Sandra Kalas, a pump organ player, explained the 1890s music experience to visitors. She said organ players were needed to continue to play into old age because so few people were trained.

“They created a contraption so somebody else can pump,” she said.

A variety of musical acts performed on Saturday,  including a gospel duo.  The Dixieland Band is scheduled to perform today from 2 to 4 p.m. with the event opening at noon and concluding at 5 p.m.

Dutton said visitors to the event came from a variety of communities including Buffalo and Cleveland.

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