Lancaster Court Day will combine arts, crafts, history
, 2014

Lancaster Court Day will
combine arts, crafts, history

The Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library will hold its third annual Lancaster Court Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. This free, family-friendly event features more than 30 booths of arts and crafts, history and heritage displays and community information.

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Myron “Mike” Lyman portrays a War of 1812 military officer at the 2012 Lancaster Court Day.

Executive director Karen Hart explains that in the past, court day was when the monthly county court was in session and people would gather at the courthouse not only for legal matters but also to buy, sell, and trade goods and services, to socialize and share news, and even to enjoy sports and recreation. 

“With our modern Court Day festival, we want to once again bring people together and make the courthouse grounds a center of community activity,” said Hart.

Vendors will offer a variety of handmade products including jewelry, ceramics, painted wood and glass, wind chimes, birdhouses, candles, doll clothes, toys, stained glass, sewing, crochet, macramé, home décor, and bath and body goods. There also will be flowering plants and perennials from Kemper Nursery, wine by Good Luck Cellars, and Windsor chairs by William Jenkins, who has crafted pieces for several historic sites and period films. The Historyland Community Workshop will hold its spring bazaar in the Woman’s Club building next to the museum. 

The museum’s 19th-century Lancaster House, old jail, and old clerk’s office will be open for tours along with a special art exhibit of Northern Neck water scenes and country landscapes by Ed Headley.  The museum and other community groups also will provide information on heritage topics such as model boat building, calligraphy, archaeology, and natural history. People can get genealogy help and learn about lineage societies from volunteers with the MBW Research Library, War of 1812 Society, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Visitors also can enjoy old-fashioned fiddle and guitar music by Prentiss Creek Partners and might even get to meet a soldier from the Civil War.    

Lancaster Court Day takes place at the Mary Ball Washington Museum on Route 3 in Lancaster. Pets and alcohol are not permitted.

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