History aplenty offered at Will County Heritage Festival
September 12, 2013 5:34PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:16AM
A stretch of land along the Illinois & Michigan Canal in Lockport will be transformed Saturday into a 19th Century village during the Will County Heritage Festival.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., festgoers can stroll back through history, tour the old structures that comprise the Heritage Village near Second Street, visit costumed interpreters, and view demonstrations of blacksmithing and butter churning.
“You can always walk through the park, but you cannot go through these buildings unless there is a special event like this,” Will County Historical Society president Sandy Vasko said.
Among the historical buildings that will be open to the public are an 1850 smokehouse, an 1857 one-room schoolhouse from Homer Glen, an 1880 jailhouse from Mokena and an 1885 railroad depot from Symerton.
One building, an 1865 farmhouse, will not be open, she said.
Horse and carriage rides will be available for a small fee.
Heritage Village, along the historic canal, has been funded 100 percent by donations, and more funds are needed to fix up the buildings, Vasko said.
A donor wall has been created out of limestone blocks from an old bridge.
“Everything about this has a piece of history,” she said.
The event is free and open to the public.
Susan DeMar Lafferty