Apple Day Saturday At Jackson House

Area residents are invited to leave technology behind and enjoy 19th century family fun with the Stonewall Jackson House during its annual Apple Day celebration this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Festivities, which will take place in front of the house on Washington Street, include cider pressing, old-time music and dancing, storytelling, games and crafts for children of all ages. All demonstrations and activities are free.

Those attending can make cider using the antique, hand-cranked cider press and sample their finished product while enjoying homemade ginger snaps. They can experience dances of Jackson’s day with the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers. They can also create jewelry, dolls and other toys to take home, and compete in 19th century games.

The museum itself will be open for visiting at a reduced rate of $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information call 464-7704 or visit vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/stonewall-jackson-house/.

RHS Also Active

Also free on Saturday will be the complementary exhibits on Rockbridge farms and barns, curated by the Rock-bridge Historical Society and Historic Lexington Foundation, at the RHS Museum, 101 E. Washington St. Displays spotlight local agricultural and architectural traditions in the area, illustrated with historic photographs, new oil paintings, and artifacts.

In the terraced gardens out back, Natural Bridge State Park ranger Matthew Jackson will demonstrate traditional woodcraft techniques for hewing, squaring, and dressing pine logs with period tools. Other farming and woodworking implements from the RHS exhibit will be on hand for adults and children to handle, both outside and inside the museum.

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