IRONVILLE - Take a walk through history Sunday Aug. 16 at the 44th annual Heritage Day celebration. The event takes place 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penfield Homestead Museum, Ironville.
The day starts with a 9:30 a.m. church service at the Ironville Church across the street from the Penfield homestead.
The craft fair and flea market open at 10 a.m. where vendors and live entertainment setup in the homestead yard.
The Heritage Day 10k race, sponsored by the LaChute Road Runners also starts at 10 a.m. The race starts and finishes at the Penfield homestead and has a course of 6.2 miles on country roads, about half of which are dirt roads. For more information on the race or to register contact Dave Burrows at 926-8005.
The famous chicken barbecue starts at 1 p.m. with a menu of half chicken, baked potato, baked beans, roll and corn. Tickets for the barbecue are $9 and may be purchased at the museum in advance or at the door. Beverages and desserts available for purchase.
The Penfield Museum is open all day free of charge. The buildings and the displays within are rich with original furnishings, pictures, and textiles instantly transporting visitors back to the Federal and Victorian eras
The museum offers displays of daily life at the homestead to include; Penfield' s office, the family parlor, bedrooms, and the kitchens. The main kitchen featuring the original brick fireplace with bake oven, and the summer kitchen has an authentic icebox, cook stove and various cooking implements.
Off the summer kitchen, in what was the woodshed, houses the displays for the iron works and vintage tools.
The museum has a community room where visitors may view artifacts donated from local families through out the community, to include photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard.
The pride and joy of the museum is the civil war room where stories are told of local men who fought in the war and of their horses, one of which is buried at the homestead with a headstone listing the battles both horse and rider experienced.
The Harwood Homestead B&B is next door to the Penfield homestead. This house was originally built for Penfield's son-in-law, although it is not part of the museum, it is as rich in history. For more information call 597-3429.
The parsonage for the church is now the museum business office, and the research/genealogy library. All proceeds of Heritage Day go to the museum and its research efforts. For more information visit the Penfield museum website at www.penfieldmuseum.org or call 597-3804.