Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Getting Ready For Opening Day!

Don't forget, opening day is this coming weekend May 15th, 2010.

In preparation for Saturday we have been grooming the village, cleaning the buildings and costuming and training our interpreting staff (The costumed staff around the village) for months now.

Each and every display piece has been cleaned and new exhibits have been installed.

Pioneer Homestead Fence
Trees around the houses have been trimmed, and in some cases, removed as they were causing damage to the buildings. Volunteers and staff have participated in spring cleanup efforts in our many historic gardens. The McArthur garden was removed as the building is currently closed to the public and a midwife's garden was planted at Kieffer's place.

Fences and gates were worked on at the Pioneer Homestead and Jones Farm by many of the the Civil War reenactors who will be staying in village dwellings during Civil War Weekend in May.

New Roofs were put on the pioneer log barn, hop house, and the nature center.

Hyde House Garden After Spring Clean Up
Volunteers from Paychex, also came out for a day of cleanup! They removed pails of litter from along a 500-foot long stone fence, raked leaves, picked up fallen branches, thoroughly cleaned four museum vehicles inside and out, collected six pick-up loads of gardening debris and fruit tree prunings, and raked and removed two full ton pick-up loads of leaves from around fences in the Historic Village buildings.

In short, everything is in tip top condition for this coming weekend! Check back tomorrow for things to see on opening day! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2010 season and we hope you are too!


  1. I'll be there; I'm so excited!!!

  2. My husdand and I come every opening weekend! We are especially excited for this year! I now read this wedsite everyday with my morning tea...I have learned something new each day!