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1 0 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, May 6, 1999 I! By Bill Theriault Last Saturday marked the open- ing of the Peter Burr Living History Farm at Bardane. The farm cur- rently consists of the farmhouse, a spring house, and about eight acres in the Burr Industrial Park. The farmhouse is the oldest standing wood frame structure in West Virginia and was built about 1751. It is owned by the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and is being restored to its condi- tion in the late 18th century. The opening of the Living History Farm occurred without fanfare with the arrival of eight kids from the Country Day School and about 15 adults. The adults worked at planting the gardens and served as interpreters for the day. The kids shared a variety of experiences that Peter Burr's children would have had in the 1790s. The students had the opportunity to write with a quill pen, help pre- pare a mid-day meal over a wood fire, draw water from the well, and sew mob caps for themselves and their friends. Boys got to wear tri- cornered hats for the day. The kids also helped the interpreters plant a kitchen garden. Ai~rnoon activi- ties included story telling, candle making, and playing graces, a game in which participants throw and catch wooden hoops using wands. Kids got to take home what they made. The lack of publicity about the event was deliberate, said Landmarks Commission Chairman, Bill Theriault. "We're trying to create a high quality educational experience for visitors," he said. "This was an opportunity to work closely with the kids - to see what Mrs. Austin Nicodemus Green Ribbon Day Joshua Barron, 9-year-old son of Donna and Jimmy Barron and a third grader at North Jefferson Elementary School, was chosen from his class for Green Ribbon Day. He will spend Wednesday, May 12, at the USDA Center at Bardane. Joshua will receive an award as a Future Scientist. He will be among other students chosen for the honor. Joshua's mother, Mrs. Donna Barron, will be among the chaper- ones. Larry and LObby DeHaven and Grant, Petersburg, were visitors Saturday at the home of Libby's father, Earnest Ring. Pray for Mary Anne Lee, Eliza- beth Dailey and Mary Childs, all of whom are undergoing medical tests. Sympathy Mrs. Emma Watson, 82, died last Wednesday after a long ill- ness. We extend our deepest sym- pathy to her children, Sally, Mary Elizabeth and Jay. Mrs. Donna Barron and Joshua, Mrs. Violet Sara and Ear- nest Ring were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Hamilton in Martinsburg on Sunday Ninth Birthday Joshua Barron celebrated his 9th birthday with a party given by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Barron, Wednesday. His aunt, Mrs. Janet Hamilton and grand- son, Justin, were among the guests. Chad Brill and daughter, Kaileigh, were guests Saturday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Brill. Sale at Middleway Mark on your calendar Satur- day, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Middleway Historic Conser- vancy will sponsor its Third An- nual Sale at Middleway at White Church. Spend the day and have a day of fun. Birthdays We wish happy birthday to the following: Carol Brill, Mary Edwards Hill, Travis Titus, Billy Koons, Danny Duvall, Norma Everhart Light, ROcky Sowers, Ben Vorous, Linwood Swartz, Joe Seal, Jake Seal and Joseph Seal. Happy birthday to all. CPR/STANDARD FIRST AID CLASSES The Red Cross "Community CPR Standard First Aid" class will be taught on the following dates at the Bardane Health Center: May 11, Adult CPR, 6 p.m.; May 12, In- fant and Child CPR, 6 p.m.; May 13, Standard First Aid. The Community CPR course teaches CPR for infant, child and adults. All Red Cross courses are designed to help you make the right decision to help a victim while waiting for advanced medi- cal care to arrive. Call the Red Cross office at 725-5015 to pre-register for either of the courses. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Jefferson County Red Cross is a participating agency of the United Way. I! Interpreter Carolyn Woodrow, stirs the soup that was prepared at the Peter Burr House as part of the mid-day meal. works " talked about their day on the farm At most living history sites, visi- - the things they liked best, new tors usually move quickly from one things they wanted to see. At the attraction to another, occasionally top of their favorites list was candle pausing to talk to interpreters, making. At the bottom was the por- They are observers, and the experi- ta potty - they were only willing to ence is normally over in an hour or take re-enactment so far. The kids two. "At the Peter Burr Living agreed that groups of visitors History Farm, the visitors become should be limited to no more than a participants," Theriault noted, dozen adults and children "They work alongside the interpret- Asked how their experience com- ers and learn by doing. It's a big dif- pared with a trip to colonial ference -- the difference between Williamsburg, one visitor said she being in a play and watching one." like the Peter Burr Farm better. The visitors' work day at the farm '~/ou have time to do things without begins about 10 a.m. and ends being pushed," she said. 'You're not around 3 p.m. lectured to, you just do it." Others Before they left, the kids got agreed, and several said they would together with the interpreters and like to come back, possibly as r[~o young farmers prel~are Peter Burr's garden for planting. interpreters. The Landmarks Commission will hold these living history sessions on the first Saturday of each month from May to October, with the second Saturday of the month reserved as a rain date. Particip- ants must be at least 8 years old. Both adults and children are encouraged to attend. School groups are welcome as well as families. PARTICIPATION WILL BE LIMITED TO 12 PERSONS PER SESSION, ON A FIRST COME BASIS. A $5 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE IS RE- QUIRED FOR EACH PERSON. Registrants should specify their first and second choices from the following dates: June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, and October 2. Include registrants' names, addresses, and telephone numbers, and the ages of children. Scheduled participants will be notified by telephone and will receive an educational packet to examine before they arrive. Send registrations to: The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Association, P. O. Box 173, Bakerton, WV 25410 or call 876- 3321 (after 7 p.m.) for more information. For persons who want to see the Peter Burr Farm without partici- pating in events, tours will be offered throughout the summer and will be announced' in this newspaper. DOUG REED TO LECTURE ON BURR HOUSE MAY 13 Douglas C. Reed, President of Preservation Associates, Inc of Hagerstown, Maryland, will be the May guest speaker in the Peter Burr Lecture Series sponsored by the Jefferson County Historic J you can still miss something. Landmarks Commission. completing a structural the Peter Burr House and ing architectural drawin liminary steps in the of a comprehensive plan to the house. The lecture will take Peter Burr House at p.m. on Thursday, May 13. will be able to go through with him and get a close remarkable architectural The original post and beam brick infill (nogging). The is open to the public if you need directions. 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