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Step back in time at WVU Jackson’s Mill heritage event

Candle dipping demonstration

This fall, West Virginia University Jackson's Mill invites the community to attend Harvest Time at the Mill, a history and heritage themed event.  

On Friday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., fourth graders from around the state can participate in a historical and cultural day. The event is open to schools, homeschool students and other youth organizations. Activities for students to experience will include blacksmithing, gristmilling and woodworking demonstrations, and more. This is an opportunity for fourth graders from different schools to come together to engage in history and heritage related activities. Sign up for this event here.  

“This event is for fourth grade students since that is when they are introduced to West Virginia history in the classroom,” Joe Obidzinski, WVU Extension program coordinator, history and heritage, said.  

In addition to the fourth-grade event, Harvest Time at the Mill will continue on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open to the public. WVU Jackson’s Mill invites people of all ages to experience history and heritage activities, such as blacksmithing, woodworking, and spinning and weaving demonstrations from the Jackson’s Mill weaver’s guild, gristmilling demonstrations in the historic Blaker gristmill, beekeeping demonstrations and education from our partners with Apiary at the Mill, heritage themed youth activities, an escape room experience and more.  

“We are excited to bring back this popular weekend event which features our historic area during a beautiful time of the year,” Obidzinski said. “This free public event allows us to feature artisans, activities and demonstrations throughout our historic area. We hope that many people join us for a wonderful weekend!”  

Both events are free to attend, and donations will be accepted. The 4-H program and other youth organizations who use WVU Jackson’s Mill throughout the year will provide food and drinks as fundraisers for their groups and events.  

For more information, contact WVU Jackson’s Mill at 304-269-5100 or email   

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CONTACT: Sophia Darmelio  

Marketing Strategist  

WVU Extension