The City of Soddy-Daisy and the Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association will take you back in time this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., with a Civil War encampment at Poe's Tavern Historical Park.
You can view the group going through what would have been a daily routine in the mid 1860’s. There will be live firing of Civil War era rifles. The times have not been determined. There will be an 1877 cider press in operation making apple cider. This is one of the children’s favorite thing to do while visiting the event. They put the apples in the press, turn the handle and watch the ground apples fall underneath and then they can mash the juice from the apples. Everyone will get to sample the fruits of their labor.
Also, at this site is a hand operated 100-year-old corn sheller. The dried corn on the cob is fed in the top and the kernels are removed from the ear and the corn falls underneath and is collected in a wooden box and this corn is then fed into another machine that cracks the corn small enough for chickens to eat. There will be live animals on site for the kids to feed this corn.
There will be baskets made by hand. Quilts will be made on site by hand as well. There will be a display of Soddy rifles. In the replica cabin of Hasten Poe will be open hearth cooking. Someone will be showing how logs were split for shingles and also how logs were hewed with a broad axe. There will be a blacksmith on site.
There will be old time children’s games as well as a small train for the kids to ride. But the highlight of the day will be at 1 p.m. when four or five local World War II vets will be honored. Their ages range from 96 to 100 years old. The presentation of a framed certificate for each will be made on the front porch of the cabin. All veterans of any war will also be given a framed certificate in honor of their service, as well.
The event will end at 4 p.m. We hope you will come and spend some time with us at 9385 Dayton Pike next to the Soddy-Daisy City Hall.
Food will be provided by the Soddy-Daisy Fire Department.
For information call 718-0528.