Heritage Pioneer Days at the Union County Heritage Museum has been a popular event in New Albany for 17 years. It provides visitors, especially the youngsters, with a chance to have a little “hands-on” experience with the “good old days.”
The weather for this year’s event was generally favorable, cloudy and cool with a few rain sprinkles. A large crowd turned out Saturday after the rain passed. But don’t forget, our ancestors lacked Accuweather. They dealt with each day as it came, as best they could.
It is easy to see that there are many ways in which the olden days may not have been so “good.” It was generally a simpler, but more physically
difficult life style – largely self-sufficient.
Self sufficiency is difficult to pull off these days. Museum director, Jill Smith, often points out the importance of the efforts of her Community Partners and volunteers. Many of those folks were on hand throught the three day event, costumed and eager to share their skills.
Heritage Pioneer Days features examples of the work and play of our ancestors.
Varner’s store, a one-room school house, a medical/dental/apothecary, etc. picture a lifestyle with few frills.
Visitors can experience performing daily chores such as making clothing and baskets, sawing logs, carpentry and blacksmithing. They can try their hand at milking, churning, washing and shelling–certainly no longer every day experiences.
On the fun side of pioneer life, there are examples of hand-made toys, competitive games, storytelling, music and dancing. Sassafras tea and boiled peanuts are available for sampling.
It seems that most visitors think pioneer life is fun…for one day a year, anyway.