By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Olde Effingham Days planned for April 17-18
Richard Loper explains the moonshine still. - photo by Photo provided

Olde Effingham Days continues to grow each year.  

The Historic Effingham Society will be the focal point of Olde Effingham Days on April 18. The festival will kick off on April 17 with “Dining and Dancing under the Stars” on the Courthouse Square. The evening will feature: the Living History Site with live demonstrations, a bake sale, tours of Effingham Museum, the Seckinger-Bridgers House, barn, woodshop, blacksmith shop, syrup shed and the Gnann summer house, and an encampment by the Camp Davis Sons of the Confederate Veterans complete with drills and cannon fire at intervals.  

Our food sales will feature what is becoming our trademark, barbecue sandwiches, as well as homemade hash and rice. Children’s games and activities will feature corn shelling, grits grinding, hammering nails, viewing farm animals and walking on stilts. Young and old will enjoy live demonstrations to include flint nipping, the moonshine still, old tool displays, turpentine exhibits, woodworking, blacksmithing, cane grinding and syrup making, shingle splitting and smoking meat in the smokehouse.  

“Pickin’ and Grinnin’” on the Porch will feature musician Tommy Hall and friends. Come sit a spell and enjoy the entertainment. We have high hopes of debuting sausage making and you may be able to purchase some to sample if the details are worked out. There will be lots more to see as the plans are all finalized.

Mark your calendars now for April 18 beginning at 10 a.m. on Courthouse Square in Springfield. We will entertain you and the family, educate you of the ways things were done in days gone by, provide activities for the children, offer delicious baked goods, barbecue and real homemade hash with rice for sale and feature many live demonstrations and Civil War reenactments.  

For more information or to volunteer on the site on the 18th please call the Historic Effingham Society at 754-2170.
Correction from last week:  We apologize for an error in Mrs. Matra’s name under one of the photographs. It should have read, Matra ToLula Zittrouer (Fulcher).  

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.  If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at: