|History that you can see, feel, hear and touch. . .that’s what the 22nd annual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition is all about. “It’s a history lesson for the whole family, but they will never know it because it’s so much fun,” said Michelle Atkinson, president of the Friends of Gray/Campbell Farmstead.
The family event will be held on September 21-22, 2013, at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park in and around the grounds of the oldest home in Springfield. The mid-nineteenth century farmhouse was moved to the 114-acre public park in 1984 from the intersection of James River and Kansas Expressways.
Saturday hours are 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4:30 p.m. The event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
“The whole family can learn what life was like during the 1860s, the period of the Civil War,” said Atkinson. “We will have demonstrations of hearth cooking, fiber arts, woodcarving, blacksmithing, storytelling, paper-making, music and dancing.”
For the second year, College of the Ozarks students enrolled in the culinary arts department will prepare and serve hand-stuffed pork sausages that have been smoked on campus.
On Saturday only, horseshoe pitching and seed-spitting contests as well as an old-time fiddle and music jam will be held, beginning at 11 a.m.. “All spectators can join in the contests and, for the music, there is no charge and no pre-registration unless you want stage opportunity,” said Atkinson.
Sunday’s events include the fourth annual apple pie-baking contest at 3 p.m. (rules are at graycampbellfarmstead.org), and an 11 a.m. outdoor service, reminiscent of an old-fashioned brush arbor meeting.
The Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead is one of several nonprofits that partner with Friends of the Garden to fulfill its mission of inspiring the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature at the park located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in southwest Springfield . The park is also home to the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and the 20 themed gardens, 15 special collections and five naturalized areas that make up the Springfield Botanical Gardens.