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IN: O’Bannon Woods hosts living pioneer farmstead days

(June 16, 2017) -- Experience the spirit of the Indiana settlers during Living Pioneer Farmstead Days at O'Bannon Woods State Park, July 1 and 2.

INDIANAPOLIS — Experience the spirit of the Indiana settlers during Living Pioneer Farmstead Days at O’Bannon Woods State Park, July 1 and 2.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Families can bring a picnic lunch to the park’s Hickory Hollow Interpretive Center, walk around the living farmstead, observe a working blacksmith shop and cooper shop, explore a pioneer cabin and summer kitchen, and watch tomahawk throwing, weaving, cross-cut sawing and other pioneer demonstrations.

One of the park’s oxen will power an 1850 haypress during demonstrations from 1 to 1:45 p.m. both days. In the event of mechanical difficulty, a special tour of the press, draft animals and barn will be offered.

For a full schedule of activities at the park on this Independence Day weekend, call the interpretive center at 812.738.8234 or go to interpretiveservices.IN.gov.

The Living Pioneer Farmstead and haypress demonstrations are free after paying the standard gate fee of $7 per in-state vehicle or $9 per out-of-state vehicle.

The next Living Pioneer Farmstead and haypress demonstration will be Aug. 5.

SOURCE: Indiana State Park press release

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