Down Home Day April 16 in Courtland

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Emersn Christison milks Mattie the cow during a past Down Home Day at the Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture & Forestry Museum.

COURTLAND—New demonstrations for this year’s Down Home Day will include cutting logs with a cross-cut saw and weighing cotton bales.

The Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture & Forestry Museum is sponsoring the 7th annual event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the museum at 26135 Heritage Lane in Courtland. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for school-age children.

Activities include music by Jimmy Ricks and his “Shiloh Grass” bluegrass band. Mattie the plastic cow will be present; she teaches young people that milk comes from cows, not from plastic jugs.

The 1920s sawmill will be operating early in the afternoon and again later in the day. While the restored grist mill is grinding meal throughout the afternoon, several will be frying cornbread, made with freshly ground meal, for visitors to sample.

The late Edward Lee Johnson, owner and operator of Johnson’s grist mill near Sedley, designed and helped build this mill.

Two old restored printing presses operated by Bill Billings and Jimmy Creasey along with several apprentices will be running.

Children can make a bookmark bearing the museum’s logo.

A local blacksmithing guild will be exhibiting its skills in the blacksmith shop.

Sheep shearing will be demonstrated. Wood carving, scroll-saw operating, boat making with hand tools, crocheting and other old crafts will be on display.

A petting zoo of gentle local farm animals will feature goats, lambs, chickens, and a pet rooster for visitors to play with.

The Rebecca Vaughan House, which played a part in the Nat Turner Southampton Slave Insurrection of 1831, is located at the museum.

There will be antique cars and tractors.

Hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available for sale.

All of the grounds outbuildings, including a country store, one-room school, country dwelling, doctor’s office, post office, two outhouses, old kitchen and little country church will be open.