Hear ye some history! And have ye some fun!
This Sunday will be all kinds of historical fun — the Oconee County Historical Society is hosting History on the Lawn here at Ashford Manor and Ashford on Main — and it’s all about taking the yawns out of dusty old history books and bringing Oconee’s past to life.
We’re especially emphasizing the invitation for people to bring in old documents and papers, photos and memorabilia, which will be scanned on the spot (there’ll be four scanning stations — you’ll get the originals right back). These, along with audio and video recordings, which will be captured via three recording stations, will be preserved and uploaded to become a virtual repository of Oconee’s history.
As for other goodies, there’ll be prizes for best historical costumes, games and kids activities, music from the Red Oak String Band, musket fire on the half hour by members of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a day-long tea party hosted by the esteemed Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant and her entourage, Ladies of Distinction.
Locals can also try to stump the stars — we’ll have a panel of venerable Oconee residents to whom visitors can pose questions about past events and facts about the area.
Of course, there’ll be history books on display, along with photo and slide presentations as well.
Please join us for an all-day picnic and fun — bring your own food or order from a restaurant across the street, and spend the day with us sharing and learning about the amazing history of Oconee and Watkinsville. It’s all about us!
(For more info, call Dave, (706) 372-8530)