If you are a history buff and a fan of Colonial times in America then you won’t want to miss the 21st annual Colonial Williamsburg Festival being held in Wooster, Ohio on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 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 gifts 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 is 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 (many of national recognition) who will be giving live demonstrations of their craftsmanship. Among the demonstrations will be a Colonial blacksmith demonstration by Bill Warner, woodcarvers, tinsmiths, florists, weavers, spinners, potters, grain painting, folk art artists and a demonstration of Windsor chair making.
There will be, of course, many merchants selling their unique wares including items like hand painted gourds, baskets, calligraphy, hooked rugs, soaps, candy, dolls, clay figurines and maple and cherry wood furniture. Make sure you check out historical Silhouette Artist Lauren Muney who will be creating silhouette portraits live.
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 and musicians of the American Revolution, visitors can witness how the men cook, sleep and work just as the original unit did 200 years ago.
One “don’t miss” attraction at the Festival is the talks by Roger Moore, an authority on Native American Indians 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. Balthasar’s Miracle Medicine Show, an educational and humorous performance based on medicine shows from the 1700’s and early 1800’s and “Professor Thompson P. Gunn” who will perform fire eating and feats of physical endurance. And be sure to say “Hi” to” Monsieur LaFarceur de Villeverte,” (a lace merchant who had to flee his native France) who will be strolling the grounds.
History enthusiasts will want to make sure to catch talks by local historical re-enactor and educator Jason Anderson portraying Revolutionary War hero General David Wooster.
Children’s activities at the Festival will be abundant including face painting, candle making and a petting zoo.
The Colonial WIlliamsburg Festival will also feature live musical entertainment of the era and 18th century food.
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.