Waterloo Farm Museum Hosts 2017 Pioneer Day

A woman dressed as man in Civil War Union (Yankee) uniform. “It wasn’t unusual for women to disguise their gender and put on a uniform,” said Jim Wait, one of the many volunteers who see to the success of the annual Pioneer Day.

by Alex Weddon

A constant stream of guests enjoyed the 2017 Pioneer Day at the Waterloo Farm Museum on Sunday, October 8. The weather was beautiful, if not down right warm, and Scott Otto of Chelsea was there to help the thirsty with his hand cranked apple cider press producing gallons of delicious cider. “You won’t find any fresher cider than this!” he crowed while pouring a cup for a guest.

President Brian Dewey, Vice President Cathy Gillem, Treasurer John Ocwieja, Secretary Cheyl Greaney, plus Ron and Arlene Kaiser were in constant motion, tending to one thing or another from the 1855 farmhouse to one of the many barns. Volunteers who devote countless hours over the fifty-plus years of the event are the reason the day runs smoothly, from pie contests to the ol’ timey music to making sure vendors have bottled water. Dried flower arrangements, knitting samples and other make-and-take crafts were instant souvenirs of the beautiful day. A neighborly event for sure.

Always held on the second Sunday of October, the 19th century farm life re-created on the day also includes tours of local treasure Dewey School. During tours of the one room school, former rascals that squirmed in the old wooden desks now fondly recall days of outhouses and no air conditioning.

Improved parking east of the entrance at 13493 Waterloo-Munith Road meant a shorter walk to the fun and into the past. Soldiers, farmhouse tours, demonstrations of baking, cooking, iron working and many other necessary skills for a productive homestead were all on display. Life on the farm was an active life, back in the day.

For more on the Waterloo Farm Museum, check them out on FaceBook and the web at: waterloofarmmuseum.org.


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