Visitors warmed by Down Home Day

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The rain cleared up on an increasingly cold Saturday, April 9, and allowed for the Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture & Forestry Museum’s Down Home Day to move forward, with approximately 275 people visiting the village to take part in the festivities.

Though she was largely positive on how the event proceeded, village and museum representative Lynda Updike pointed to some factors that tempered turnout.

“There were numerous other events that drew part of our crowd, and the weather got increasingly colder as the day went on,” she said. “Still, those who came, wearing jackets to keep warm, had a great time touring the Ag Museum, watching the sawmill and grist mill in operation, as well as (visiting) in the Rebecca Vaughan House and Museum of Southampton History.”

She praised Travis Covington and Anne Bryant for doing an excellent job organizing the event, which she had noted is a stroll down memory lane for senior citizens and an education for children of all ages on what life was like growing up on the farm for their grandparents.

Updike was consistently occupied supervising her animals that were part of the event’s Petting Zoo.

“We stayed busy in the Petting Zoo, with many kids returning time after time,” she said.

She also recognized the volunteer workers that were on hand to help make the event possible.