Do you ever wonder what life was like in the early 1900s? The Harrison County Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Harrison County Commission, is helping children and families learn about life in Appalachia this weekend, Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Life and Times of Appalachia is a free family weekend all about appreciating how our forefathers educated and entertained themselves without cable, Internet, and today’s other modern technologies. The two-day event is being coined as an opportunity to experience life and culture in the past, including celebrations, customs, games, crafts, and more.

For Parks Director Mike Book, it reignites a lot of childhood memories of stories that were passed down to him.

“This is one of my favorite enrichments we do because it allows me to pass down some of the stories told to me by my parents and grandparents when I was the age of kids that visit the facility during scheduled field days,” said Book. “The impression it left on me on was how the times in the early 1900s were simpler, however the work was a lot harder and entertainment was left to the imagination.”

Children can come learn about reading, writing, and arithmetic in the one room schoolhouse, or pan for gems and minerals in the mining sluice. Sign-ups are also available to make your own basket bell craft. On Saturday, the Dulcimers will perform at 2:00 pm, followed by the In Step Cloggers at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

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The Life and Times of Appalachia is the Harrison Parks’ second session in the 2016-2017 enrichment schedule, a program that aims to provide educational activities for area kids throughout the week and weekend. This session’s theme will run through December 22.

“We had a successful weekend with our Medieval Times program, as over 250 people attended the event and we hope to eclipse that number. I hope that parents and grandparents will come and see our rendition of what life was in that era and to compare stories that were passed down to them as well,” added Book.

This weekend’s event is being held at the Harrison County Recreation Complex at 43 Recreation Drive on Route 19 South across from Sunny Croft Golf Course. For more information on the event or the enrichment schedule, call 304-423-7800 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.