LERNA, IL – Visitors are invited to celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Charleston. The event is free and open to the public.
Don’t miss experiencing 19th century life on the farm, with activities taking place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children’s games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing and food preservation. Winter wheat will be planted on the Sargent Farm on Saturday, September 28, weather permitting.
A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including woodcarving, spinning, weaving, candle-making, embroidery, pottery, broom making, blacksmithing, and many other 19th century crafts. Back again this year will be the Camera Obscura, which brought vivid moving pictures to life. The Unreconstructed String Band will perform, and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will be on hand on Sunday, September 29 offering a program in the visitor center auditorium and a second immersion experience on the farm. A favorite period entertainer, the Clockwork Clown, will be returning, and there will be dulcimer playing and a magic show.
A 5k run and mile walk will kick off the Harvest Frolic festivities on September 28. To register for the 5k run or the walk, visit the website at www.lincolnlogcabin.org.
On Sunday, September 29, attendees can join in a game of cricket. In 1844, a cricket match between teams from the United States and Canada was the first international sporting event in the modern world and even Abraham Lincoln is reported to have attended a match between teams from Chicago and Milwaukee in 1849.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is an 86-acre pioneer farmstead that was the last home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother. A part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, it is located eight miles south of Charleston and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.
For more information about Lincoln Log Cabin, programs or volunteer opportunities, call (217) 345-1845, visit their Facebook page or the go to the website at www.lincolnlogcabin.org.