The town of Soddy-Daisy and the Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association will take you back in time this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., with a Civil War encampment at Poe’s Tavern Historical Park.
You can see the group going through what would have been a daily routine in the mid 1860s. There will be live fire from Civil War era rifles. Times have not been determined. There will be a cider press from 1877 in operation to make apple cider. It is one of the favorite activities for children when visiting the event. They put the apples in the juicer, turn the handle and watch the ground apples fall below, then they can crush the juice from the apples. Everyone will be able to taste the fruit of their labor.
In addition, on this site is a century-old manually operated maize huller. The dried corn on the cob is fed from the top and the kernels are removed from the cob and the corn falls below and is collected in a wooden box and this corn is then fed into another machine which cracks the corn enough small for chickens to eat it. There will be live animals there for the children to feed this corn.
There will be handmade baskets. The quilts will also be made on site by hand. There will be an exhibition of Soddy rifles. In Hasten Poe’s cabin replica, there will be an open-hearth kitchen. Someone will show how the logs were split for the shingles and also how the logs were cut with a large ax. There will be a blacksmith on site.
There will be old-fashioned children’s games as well as a little train for children to ride. But the highlight of the day will be at 1 p.m. when four or five local WWII veterans are honored. Their ages range from 96 to 100 years old. The presentation of a framed certificate for each person will be on the front porch of the cabin. All veterans of any war will also receive a framed certificate in honor of their service.
The event will end at 4 p.m. We hope you will come spend some time with us at 9385 Dayton Pike next to Soddy-Daisy Town Hall.
Food will be provided by the Soddy-Daisy Fire Department.
For more information, call 718-0528.