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Spring Plantin’ continues today at Pioneer Museum

Published 11:00pm Friday, May 3, 2013

Three school groups, including New Life Christian Academy in Troy, took advantage of the opportunity to do some Spring Plantin’ at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama Friday.

Michael Barlow, II shaves cedar with a drawing knife as part of this year’s Spring Plantin’ Day at the Pineer Museum of Alabama from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $6 and children under 6 are admitted free.
Michael Barlow, II shaves cedar with a drawing knife as part of this year’s Spring Plantin’ Day at the Pineer Museum of Alabama from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $6 and children under 6 are admitted free.

Spring Plantin’ Day is a two-day event at the museum and will continue today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Kari Barley, museum director, said even though clouds tumbled in the sky and the wind whipped around every corner Friday, Spring Plantin’ Day was a great success.

“Everyone had a good time. The children experienced many new things and learned a lot,” she said. “Spring Plantin’ Day is a time to experience new things for some and is a time of remembrance for others.”

The Barlow family from Samson was back at the museum Friday and demonstrated a variety of old-time skills from basket weaving and barrel making to making corn shuck dolls and sewing on a pedal Singer.

“We do just about anything that old timers used to do and have a good time doing it,” Michael Barlow said.

The museum’s Demonstration Cabin offered visitors the opportunity to churn butter and crank an ice cream freezer. The heat from the wood stove brought pleasantness to a rather nippy May day.

“We have something for everyone at Spring Plantin’ Day,” Barley said. “We have demonstrators, re-enactors, storytellers and games and contests. The museum’s train is running and Saturday we’ll have wagon rides. Of course, the museum and all of the out buildings are open and we have a great walking trail. So we invite everyone to come out and enjoy Spring Plantin’ Day.”

Admission to Spring Plantin’ Day is $6 and includes the tours of the museum and the grounds and all of the activities. Children ages six and under are admitted free.

 

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