Colonial Trade Faire at the Oldham County History Center, La Grange KY

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June 3, 2017 to June 4, 2017
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, History Education, Local History, Military History

at the Oldham County History Center
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Held in conjunction with Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Bringing the spirit of the past alive is one of the things the Oldham County History Center is best known for. The first weekend in June will showcase the 18th century in Kentucky with the 7th annual Colonial Trade Faire on June 3, 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. The Colonial Trade Faire will once again feature merchants dressed in period clothing, selling handcrafted 18th Century wares. Trade Faire participants will be camped on the History Center grounds adjacent to the Oldham County Courthouse where the 18th Annual Arts on the Green will take place.

Admission is free to the Colonial Trade Faire. “The purpose of the Colonial Trade Faire is to educate the public to the lifestyle and ideology of the people who lived in 18th century Kentucky,” said event organizer Helen McKinney, Educator/Genealogist for the History Center. Saturday’s lineup will be full of unique events, beginning at 10 a.m. with a special gun salute by members of the SAR. Following this will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dahlgren Dogtrot Barn that will soon be built on the History Center campus.  The public is invited to participate and light refreshments will follow in the chapel.  At 2 pm, a program about Jemima Boone will be given by Kentucky Chautauqua performer, Betsy Smith. Smith will portray Boone in character and tell about her exciting life as Daniel Boone’s daughter and her experiences on both the Kentucky and Missouri frontiers.  On Sunday, gunsmith Terry Peterman will speak about the replica long rifle he handcrafted for an exhibit in the History Center’s museum.

Period artisans will display hand-crafted goods such as clothing, hand-dyed yarns, loom woven items, pewter, copperware, pottery, jewelry, lanterns and beeswax candles. Day-long, on-going demonstrations of heritage skills will include spinning/weaving, music, cooking, flax, Militia life, 18th century cannon demonstration by the Painted Stone Settlers and the Colonial Garden. Throughout the weekend there will be children’s activities, entertainment by magician Dave Cottrell, strolling musician Jon Hagee, members of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will display historic flags and explain their significance, Stilt Walker Extraordinaire Beth Godshall.  Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross will appear courtesy of Living Statues from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday. The Little Kentucky River Winery will be selling their wines as well throughout the weekend and the Honey Hill Petting Zoo will have various animals on hand both days. The museum will be open throughout the weekend and include interactive 18th century children’s displays.

Also included in the Colonial Trade Faire offerings will be several Kentucky authors who devote their time to writing about Kentucky’s rich history. Writers scheduled to appear at this time include:  Lynwood Montell (Tales from Kentucky Lawyers, Ghosts Along the Cumberland), Eddie Price (Widder’s Landing, Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee!), Stephen Brown (Shadows of Chaco Canyon, The Promise Moon), Sue Ballard (My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone's Story), Joan Mayer/Sat. only (Of Family and Place, A Memoir),  Ronald Wolford Blair (Wild Wolf: The Great Civil War Rivalry), Terry Foody/Sunday only (The Pie Seller, The Drunk, and The Lady: Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky),  and Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss (Life At the River’s Edge, Rob Morris:  A Place in the Lodge).  Additional authors may be added.

Contact Info: 

Helen E. McKinney, Educator/Genealogist
The Oldham County History Center
106 N. Second Ave.
La Grange, KY  40031
(502) 222-0826