If you are a history buff and a fan of Colonial times in America, then you won't want to miss the 24th annual Colonial Williamsburg Festival being held in Wooster, Ohio on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 at the Pine Tree Barn. Wooster is approximately a one hour, 10 minute drive from Cleveland.
A Little Bit About Pine Tree Barn Built in 1868, this historic landmark structure was a stock barn for more than 100 years. Located on a 150 acre Christmas tree farm, Pine Tree Barn is adjacent to the Killbuck Marsh, Ohio's largest inland marsh and it overlooks two lakes.
Pine Tree Barn has been restored by the Dush family who have turned it into a home & design studio and gift shops along with a gourmet luncheon restaurant.
Colonial Williamsburg Festival Here's your chance to time travel back 200 years and experience life in America in the 1700's when Pine Tree Barn and grounds are turned into a Colonial village at this living history event.
Surrounding the public square will be a Marketplace featuring more than 40 selected artisans and craftspeople (from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana). Among them will be woodcarvers, tinsmiths, florists, weavers, spinners, potters, folk art artists and cabinet makers.
The Festival will also feature various free demonstrations showcasing Windsor chair making and blacksmithing demonstrations by Bill Warner. In addition there will be talks on 18th and 19th century firearms and (on Saturday only) live, 18th century music.
There will be a historical encampment and living history presentations by the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment who will be representing the unit as it was in Fall, 1779. Portraying soldiers of the American Revolution, the regiment will be performing firing drills and marching exercises and visitors can witness how the men cook, sleep and work just as the original unit did more than 200 years ago.
One "don't miss" attraction at the Festival is the talks by Roger Moore, an authority on Native Americans in Ohio and a descendant of the Melungeon tribe. Moore will be sharing information about the culture, history and beliefs of his tribe and about Hollywood myths regarding Native Americans.
Other presentations include Dr. Balthazar's Miracle Medical Show, an educational and humerous performance based on medicine shows from the 1700's and early 1800's and a lecture and demonstration from Timothy the Irish Weaver who will give information about 18th century Irish linen- making using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques.
Children's activities at the Festival will be abundant including face painting, games and a petting zoo.
Revolutionary War-era luncheon cuisine will be available for purchase both indoors at The Granary restaurant and outside around the Village Green.
Hours for the Colonial Williamsburg Festival are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and parking is free.
For more information about the Colonial WIlliamsburg Festival or about Pine Tree Barn call 330-264-1014 or get online at www.pinetreebarn.com.
The Colonial Williamsburg Festival is being held at Pine Tree Barn located at 4374 Shreve Rd. in Wooster, Ohio. Wooster is 61 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour, 10 minute drive.