If you are a history enthusiast and a fan of Colonial times in America then you don’t want to miss the 26th annual Colonial Williamsburg Festival being held in Wooster, Ohio on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at the Pine Tree Barn. Wooster is approximately a one hour, 10 minute drive from Cleveland.
Built in 1868, Pine Tree Barn is a historic landmark structure that was a stock barn for over 100 years. Located on a 150 acre Christmas tree farm, Pine Tree Barn is adjacent to Killbuck Marsh, Ohio’s largest marsh and it also overlooks two lakes. Pine Tree Barn has been restored by the Dush family who have turned it into a home & design studio and gift shops along with a gourmet luncheon restaurant.
The Colonial Williamsburg Festival gives visitors a chance to time travel back 200 years and experience life in America in the 1700’s when Pine Tree Barn and grounds are turned into a Colonial village at this living history event. Surrounding the public square will be a Marketplace featuring more than 30 selected artisans and craftspeople from Ohio and neighboring states. Some of the traditional craftsmanship that visitors can observe at free demonstrations will be blacksmithing, painting, Windsor chair making, jewelry making, wool spinning and ceramics.
A featured attraction at the Colonial Williamsburg Festival will be the historical encampment and living history presentations by the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment who will be representing the unit as it was during the Revolutionary War. Portraying soldiers of the American Revolution, the regiment will be performing firing drills (with cannons and muskets) and marching exercises and visitors can witness how the men cook, sleep and work just as the original unit did more than 200 years ago.
One “don’t miss” attraction at the Festival is the talks by Roger Moore, an authority on Native Americans in Ohio and a descendant of the Melungeon tribe. Moore will be sharing information about the culture, history and beliefs of his tribe. Other presentations include Dr. Thellonous Balthazar’s Marvelous Miracle Medicine Show, an educational and humorous performance based on medicine shows from the 1700’s and early 1800’s.
New this year will be an appearance by artist Donna Weaver, an expert in the unique and rare art of portraiture (creating 3D cameo portraits from wax). Weaver has worked as an engraver for the U.S. Mint and designed several United States coins including the Ohio State quarter.
Children’s activities include games, face painting and meeting and greeting the animals at the petting zoo. Revolutionary War-era cuisine will be available for purchase both days.
Hours for the Colonial Williamsburg Festival are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and parking is free. For more information about the Colonial Williamsburg Festival or about Pine Tree Barn, call 330-264-1014 or get online at www.pinetreebarn.com.
Pine Tree Barn is located at 4374 Shreve Rd. (State Route 226) in Wooster, Ohio. Wooster is 61 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour, ten minute drive.