Jacob Kelley House fall opening
The Jacob Kelley House celebrated its fall opening on Sunday October 1st. More than 100 people stopped by and enjoyed learning about the history of the home and the Kelley family. Visitors saw the home and it’s furnishings as well the cook house and corn crib displays.
Children enjoyed games and crafts from the 19th Century. Elaine Holmes from the Swamp fox Quilters Guild demonstrated hand quilting techniques. The Hartsville Dulcimer Group provided musical entertainment for guests, playing a variety of hymns and other songs.
Stanley Byrd demonstrated how to make brooms using straw common during the period. He also demonstrated wood working crafts to make simple toys from scrap wood and available materials that kids enjoyed in simpler times.
Bill Hemby provided an interactive beekeeping demonstration that drew lots of interest from visitors. The barn was open featuring farm equipment and chickens to educate guests on the farming methods in use during the mid-1800’s.