BELLEVUE - Historic Lyme Village in Bellevue is preparing for Pioneer Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 on its campus at 5001 SR 4. Pioneer craftsmen are to demonstrate their wares and their skills. More than 150 re-enactors are expected to participate. Meet and talk with Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Ben and Deborah Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant and Capt. John C. Fremont.
Stroll through the camps of frontiersmen, Colonel Crawford's Co. (Revolutionary War), Seneca Muzzleloaders, Settlers of Yesteryear, 5th Ohio Ind. Battery (Civil War), and 2nd S. Carolina Co. I (Confederates).
A Civil War cannon is to fire during the day, and a skirmish is planned for 4 p.m. each day.
Learn how people lived and worked in the 1700s and 1800s. Peek inside the covered wagon or a Native American tipi. The basket maker, blacksmith, broom maker, harness maker, quilter, spinners, weavers and others will be demonstrating their trades.
Richland County Museum members will be cooking on the open hearth in the Schriner Log House.
Music is to be provided by the Country Crossroad Cloggers, Rev. Edgar Shelly's Lyme Village Pioneers and the Brick Street Strummers.
Children can try their hand at tin-tapping, quill pen writing, attend one-room school sessions, listen to storytellers, and play old-fashioned games such as graces, stilts and hoop rolling.
Tours of the 1882 Wright Mansion are to be
offered by the Victorian Guild for the benefit of the Mansion Restoration Fund. The cost is $2 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
A variety of homemade foods can be purchased at the Carriage House Cafe. Sample Rick's home-made ice cream and The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War's fry bread. Shop from trade blankets at the General Store from craftsmen and sutlers and at the Village Gift Shop.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12. Go to www.lymevillage.org to learn more.