“Log Cabin Days” returns September 10 and 11 at Blakeslee Log Cabin on Seven Hills Road in Ashtabula. The Ashtabula County Historical Society is holding its annual fundraiser for the first time in two years.
New this year is Ralph Rice of Riceland Meadows and John Wright, Jr. of Red Beet Row Farm. Mr. Rice’s passion is teaching how to farm using workhorses. Riceland Meadows showcases an example of a sustainable horse farm with closed loops – they compost their animal waste and grow all the feed they need for their horses in their fields. Rice will be available to provide education on how to get into farming with Suffolk workhorses.
Also new is John Wright, Jr. of Red Beet Row, who will periodically teach foraging hikes throughout the weekend. John’s passion is wild food and medicine. He’s a plant nerd who can identify almost any plant you can point to. Join John on a hike around the Blakeslee property as he shows you which wild plants are useful.
Returning, among many others, Terrie Schultz, who has been carving wood at Log Cabin Days for over 20 years, creates works of art for sale. Claar Butcher, the blacksmith, has also been involved for decades. The list of historic handicrafts on display at this year’s event includes:
Kiln-fired pottery and sculpture
Spinning w Wheel & Alpaca Fleece
Wood carving and engraving
Rope baskets, braided rope, antler baskets
Foraging and identification of wild plants
Making apple butter in a copper pot
Drop Spindles, Cards and Twizzle Sticks
There will be an Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association educational table on bees and beekeeping, as well as honey for sale and sample honey sticks.
There will be an educational table hosted by Carrie Wimer, local history/genealogy/archives coordinator at the Ashtabula County District Library. Wimer’s Table will focus on genealogy and how to do genealogical research, as well as any type of historical research, using library resources.
There will be live music. Pickle Milk, Young and Blue and musicians from around the world come together to make music at Log Cabin Days. Pickle Milk specializes in “Old Time Music”, which they define as “pre-Bluegrass”.
There will be tours of Blakeslee Log Cabin given by members of the Historical Society throughout the day. Learn about the immigrant populations that arrived in Ashtabula County in the 1800s and the families that lived in the Blakeslee Log Cabin.
Log Cabin Days is an annual fundraiser for the Ashtabula County Historical Society. After two years without being able to organize this event, the Historical Society has a lot of catching up to do. There will be a basket raffle, where bidders can enter to win an item from the raffle table. Items are donated by our local vendors and businesses in Ashtabula. There will also be Log Cabin Days t-shirts for sale!