Historical Society to host Heritage Day in March
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:23am
Patricia Edwards of the Jefferson County Historical Society said last week the society has plans to bring local history to life.
On Saturday, March 25, the society’s museum at 112 W. Broad Street in Louisville will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with demonstrations of crafts and skills used in the past. Edwards said she and others are working to bring vendors to the downtown area.
“The idea first of all, is to promote the Historical Society and Jefferson County,” she said. “We’re important to the development of the state of Georgia and the country. There was a little bit of settlement along the Savannah River. Savannah was the Colonial capitol of the colony; but, after the Revolution, Louisville became the capitol of Georgia.”
Edwards said some of the people here had land grants from the British King.
“After the Revolution, people got Revolutionary grants of some sort,” she said. “I just want people, particularly young people, to know we are an important area. That’s why I want to promote our history and I want people to know.”
Edwards said Louisville was laid out and built as the capitol of Georgia.
“There was not a settlement here. The state capitol was in Louisville beginning in 1796,” she said, adding the Queensborough settlement was already located near Louisville.
Heritage Day, as Edwards refers to it, will have demonstrations not only of primitive crafts, but may include other demonstrations such as making butter and blacksmithing.
“There may be music,” she said.
Edwards hopes the day will be a tremendous success and will become just the beginning of such events.
“It will be a great promotion for the county,” she said.
Anyone interested in demonstrating a primitive craft or skill and other volunteers may contact Edwards via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call her at 478-252-5698 or stop by the museum on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.