Belpre Heritage Day scheduled for Saturday

Leathercrafter Doug Unsold worked on a leather item at last year’s Belpre Heritage Day. (File Photo)

BELPRE — The Belpre Historical Society will hold its annual Belpre Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Belpre’s Farmers Castle Museum at 509 Ridge St.

Admission is free.

The Belpre Area Veterans will hold the flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be a silent auction, bagpipe player, dulcimer playing, antique tractors and a fire truck, a spinner, quilters, a blacksmith, a train photo display, library display and light refreshments.

New this year, Pamela Douglas Brust, author of “The Hendersons, One Family’s Legacy,” will be on hand selling and signing her book. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Henderson Hall.

The book is available in the Belpre Museum’s gift shop, at Henderson Hall, the Oil and Gas Museum in Parkersburg, Flags and Poles in Marietta, and other local locations as well as online at Amazon.com and all the major online book stores.

Bryan Farcus, of Athens, Ohio, demonstrated how horseshoes were made at last year’s Belpre Heritage Day program. (File Photo)

Brust will also be speaking at the Belpre Historical Society’s meeting scheduled for Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the museum. The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge.

The Farmers Castle Museum features a General Store, the Exhibit Barn, a gift shop and a Victorian era room. The society accepts donations of historical artifacts that belonged to a Belpre area family, have some significance as to time and place, and/or would be acceptable within an exhibit that the society is developing, such as the General Store.

Every item has a history and the donors are always willing to share the stories with the volunteer staff, who in turn share the history with visitors. The society is increasing its genealogy resources and would like to have copies of family histories.

The Farmers Castle Museum Education Center is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. through the end of October. It is open other times by appointment. Groups are especially welcome. Memberships for students, individuals, families and for businesses are available.

For more information leave a message at the museum, call 740-423-7588 or call Charlotte Powell at 740-989-2764.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com.