Old-Fashioned Day returns to West Jackson Corners at East Shelby church

Posted 21 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, East Shelby Community Bible Church

SHELBY – The East Shelby Community Bible Church will turn back the clock by about a century today serving baked goods for a penny and hosting horse-drawn rides and other old-fashioned activities.

The annual “Old Tyme Day” begins with a church service today at 10 a.m.

Immediately following church, all old-fashioned activities will begin. There will be an opportunity to ride in a Model A car.

New attractions this year include a “Flea Circus” and more children’s games. Church volunteers will demonstrate cooking over an open hearth in the log cabin, making homemade bread, butter and jam, and ice cream.

Participants will also have a chance to learn to make goat milk cheese, soap and goat milk fudge. There will also be popcorn, ice cream suckers, and penny candy at the local store.

Heritage activities will include horse and wagon rides, corn husk dolls, basket weaving, spinning, quilting, cheese making, candle making and woodworking.

There will also be a washer woman in the square singing as she washes clothes.  Visitors will also be entertained by the West Jackson Corners “Band of Renown” and the church choir. There will be a special Gospel concert in the church.

The tractor-drawn wagon will be taking folks on a guided tour of the East Shelby Cemetery to hear some of the history of the local people buried there. This cemetery dates back to the 1800s and includes the tomb of Civil War veteran Ziba Roberts.

The barn will house sheep and goats, while the henhouse will contain a flock of laying hens.

There are gardens to visit – a kitchen herb garden, a vegetable garden and the famous gardens in the village square.  While visiting be sure to check out the heirloom gardens at the parsonage as well.

When the Old Tyme Day first began it was a small affair next to the church with just a couple of buildings.  As the event grew it was necessary to purchase land across the road from the church and establish the village on that site.

Today West Jackson Corners has a log cabin, barn, hen house, teepee, carriage barn, woodworking shop, store, grange hall, children’s playhouse, dress shop along with other buildings and beautiful flower gardens in the village square.

West Jackson Corners is located on the East Shelby Road across from the East Shelby Community Bible Church.  It is 1 mile south of the hamlet East Shelby and 7 miles south east of Medina.