The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 8, 2013

Showing how it used to be done


SUNBURY — As the construction of the scale model of Fort Augusta progresses on the front lawn, the Northumberland County Historical Society will bring an interesting and colorful blend of art, craft, and history to the back and side yards of the historic property on Saturday, Aug. 10, when it hosts Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 1150 N. Front St. in Sunbury, rain or shine.  

Event organizers have invited skilled craftspeople from Central Pennsylvania and southern New York to display their work and demonstrate their crafts, which were part of 18th century daily life. Woodworking, powder horn making, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, lace making, fraktur, spinning, weaving, and basket making are among the traditional crafts which will be represented.  A gardener, seamstresses, a trader, and several soldiers will explain their roles and demonstrate methods used during the 18th century. Some of the craftspeople will have items to sell and will also accept custom orders.

Society volunteers will staff the Fort Augusta museum, the genealogical research library and bookstore and they will also sell “Get Fort-ified” caps, T-shirts and other merchandise to benefit the Fort Augusta model project. Visitors may view the two remaining Fort Augusta features on the property, the well and the powder magazine as well as the Hunter-Grant cemetery.  

In cooperation with the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance’s efforts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Society has mounted a temporary exhibit of Civil War artifacts and Abraham Lincoln items collected by the late Leo Bobb. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes artwork and engravings, buttons, and coins, as well as other Lincoln memorabilia.