Heritage Day Saturday gives glimpse into Wakefield’s past
The public is invited to tour the Union Railroad Station, the 1902 Russell snow plow car and the freight house on the grounds of Heritage Park in Union this Saturday, when the Wakefield Heritage Commission hosts the annual Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (LARISSA MULKERN/Union Leader Correspondent)
A variety of activities will take place at Heritage Park in Union, one of the town’s five villages. The park features the restored Union Station, 1902 Russell snow plow car, and the freight house. The freight house, soon to become the Heritage Centre, is undergoing a renovation this year and will eventually house a scale replica of the railway system through Wakefield.
Volunteers and commission members will give presentations on the many water-powered mills, railroading, and history of shipping freight across country, as well as the ice-harvesting industry that took place at Lovell Lake.
Many new exhibits include never-before publicly seen photos of Union and Wakefield Corner dated 1912. In addition to the Heritage Commission, the Union Village Community Association and the town’s conservation and agriculture commission will participate. The cemetery trustees will be available to help those who wish to learn more about “adopt-a-cemetery.”
The day starts at 10 a.m. with a memory tile dedication at the Union Railroad Station. Donors who gave $500 or more to the Heritage Commission received a plaque with their names that will be mounted in the station.
At 10:30 a.m., Janet Shea will talk about the railroad during the 1890s; Dick House will give a talk on the Lyle Drew Mill and other mill sites at 11 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m., Russ Chick will talk about the Woodman/Chick Mill site and turbine. At noon, Phil Twombley will give a talk on the history of ice harvesting, and at 1 p.m., Gordon Rhyner will talk about freight shipments by rail.
All of the talks, except for the memory tile dedication ceremony, will be held either inside or just outside the Heritage Centre (freight house).
The Union Station, plow car and freight house will be open and staffed all day.
Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact the Wakefield Heritage Commission at 998-0860 for additional information.
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Larissa Mulkern may be reached at LMulkern@newstote.com.
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