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Stage is set for HES first fall festival on Nov. 22
Eddie Browning’s mule “Judie” greets folks at the Historic Effingham Society equipment shed. - photo by Photo provided

Join Historic Effingham Society on Nov. 22 for its first Effingham Fall Festival.

The day begins at 10 a.m.  You will find educational exhibits, entertainment and food all day long.  Tours of Effingham Museum, The Seckinger-Bridgers House and The Gnann Summer House will be available all day.  

The 1790s Rubin Morgan Barn houses a good harvest and the Smoke House will waft the aroma of the smoking meat.
The Blacksmith Shop and Syrup Shed will be hustling with cane grinding in the morning and syrup making as the day goes on. Camp Davis Sons of the Confederate Veterans will feature an encampment with live reenactments and drills.  

The volunteers will be on site to tell you about each special building and rooms in the houses and museum.

Live demonstrations will include: farm animals, moonshine still, flint nipping, chair caning, kraut making, weaving, handwork, shingle making, woodworking and much more.

Old time activities for the children will be featured, including stilt walking and corn shelling.  A White Elephant Sale and the HES’ own “homemade” bake sale, along with craft and public information vendors, will be available.

A doll and quilt show will be held in the Herman Gnann House which has just been spruced up for the event.  

All day “pickin’ and grinnin’” with the Tommy Hall Band and many more will be on hand to entertain. Food will be sold by Historic Effingham, including barbecue and hash, sandwiches and snacks.

Admission is $2 each for ages 6 and up. The proceeds will go to the relocation and restoration of the Zittrouer-Seckinger House, a two-story farm house built in the 1830s.