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First Annual Mid-19th Century Day on Court Street

Ladies and gentlemen of all ages, come one, come all to the First Annual Mid-19th Century Day in downtown Maysville, Kentucky taking place from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 14th in Maysville's historic district.

Maysville Kentucky played a prominent role in America's history during the mid-19th century as a gateway port and hub of transportation to points South and Westward. Now you can celebrate in this rich heritage by participating in a show and tell of life during the 1800s.

On Court Street downtown you'll find several exhibits designed to show what life was really like during this fascinating era of Maysville history. These nineteenth century exhibits include a blacksmithing outfit, a broom making machine, an antique washing machine with washboard and ringer, an apple cider press, a cobbler's (shoemaking) station, a cooking station, and surveyor equipment. There will also be a life-sized replica Civil War cannon on display along with a period mortar. Special displays may also include antique veternarian equipment and a travelling medicine show.

In addition to these fixed displays, living history presentors will be on-hand throughout the day performing impromptu skits and educational speeches. Russell Dickson from Magee's Bakery will be presenting a nineteenth century baking demonstration and Rob Milward from the Herb Farm @ Strodes Run will be showing how honey was made back then. At 8 am, there will be a free biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Homefront Cafe for those who dress up in nineteenth century attire. Then at 10 am, there will be nineteenth century games for the kids, including a hoop stick race. At 2:30 pm, Ernie Parnell from the Homefront Cafe will be giving free dance classes featuring the Virginia Reel and the Waltz, two popular dances of the time period. At 1 pm and 4 pm, there will be free walking tours of historic downtown Maysville, where participants can learn the history of many downtown landmarks.

Throughout the day, the Courthouse and First Presbyterian Church will be open to the public. Both of these historic landmark buildings were built during the mid-nineteenth century and kept many of their nineteenth century charms to this day.

The Mid-19th Century event is free and open to the public, including anyone with an ear for history.

Scheduled events include:
8 am - Free biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Homefront Cafe for those who dress up in nineteenth century attire.
10 am - Nineteenth century games (great for the kids) on Court Street, including a hoop stick race.
1 pm and 4 pm - Free walking tours of historic downtown Maysville. Learn the history of many downtown landmarks.
2:30 pm - Nineteenth century dance classes including the Virginia Reel and the Waltz.

The Mid-19th Century Day is brought to you by the Mason-Dixon Line Civil War Roundtable Group with participating organizations that include:

Homefront Cafe
Magee's Bakery
Herb Farm @ Strodes Run
Maysville Explorer
First Presbyterian Church
and the City of Maysville

For more information about the Mid-19th Century Day, you can contact Lanette Parnell at (606) 563-1009 or [email protected]