Hart Square Festival

It all started in 1967, when Dr. Bob Hart purchased land with the purpose of establishing a wildlife refuge.  He began his wildlife conservation efforts by constructing 5 ponds and fencing 2oo acres of land.  A friend mentioned that an old cabin would look neat out there and he knew where one was.  And so it began.   The doctor who conserved wildlife, would now preserve history.  Today, there are over 70 structures on the site, with some dating as far back as the 1700’s.  It’s the nation’s largest collection of original log structures.

Every fourth Saturday in October, for the past 30 years, Hart Square opens for the one day Festival.  Skilled artisans, musicians, and history lovers unite to display an 1840’s town.  It’s truly a one of a kind experience.  People visit from all over the country.

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These ladies were turning garden items into decorations.

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I couldn’t imagine sweeping with that little broom…..

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I just liked the way this looked….

The Native American Culture Area

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Spencer “Two Dogs” Boljack from Hillbilly Blood

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The School

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Yarn Dying

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Interesting fact: The pink yarn, second from left, was colored using some type of female desert cactus bugs.

The Trapper’s Cabin

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The Silver SmithIMG_2235

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The spoons before being clipped, filed, and sanded.

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The finishing table. The completed spoons and forks were sold for $20 a piece.

They started with the silver bar on the left in the middle picture. They placed it in a pot over a fire until it melted. Then they poured it into a mold that was sitting just outside the fire. After the silverware was taken out of the molds, it had to be clipped and sanded. Any excess silver was reused.

The Quilting Cabin

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The Broom Shop

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The Farm Shed

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Chapel of Peace and Covered Wooden Bridge

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St. Mark’s Chapel

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The Grist Mill

This water powered grist mill was actually running during this year’s festival. I gave a $3 donation in exchange for a bag of cornmeal made the day I was there.

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The Cotton Press

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A mule powered cotton press.

The Cotton Gin

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The bottom of the cotton gin building. This is where the animals would have been harnessed to power the machine.

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Inside the building containing the cotton gin.

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A volunteer explaining how the cotton gin works.

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The Blacksmith

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The Wood Steamer

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The Wheelwright Shop

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Spinning Wheel

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Stockade and Cabin

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Village Jail

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Yeah, I went to jail. I think I might print this out and have it framed for my husband’s Christmas present.

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Me and my friend, Jane. This was before we entered the hand saw competition.  It was fun, but we totally didn’t win.

My very favorite part of the day; the music.  There were at least four different groups of musicians throughout the village playing bluegrass style music.

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