MIDDLETOWN — Residents will get an opportunity to explore the history of Middletown during the first Middletown Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event, sponsored by the Middletown Heritage Society, will feature numerous activities and tours.
“We hope people will be reminded about Middletown’s historic district,” said Middletown Heritage Society President Tess Klimm. “It’ll be great fun, and we’re hoping to involve children with the scavenger hunt and the free escape room.”
The escape room event will be held at 7793 Main St.
“The escape room theme is about [Robert] Bailey who owned the house in the 1800s and had to go to debtor’s prison,” Klimm said. “He wrote a book about his life to raise money. He was an interesting fellow.”
Middletown Heritage Day will also feature free tours of Aunt Caroline’s Cabin and the Hoffman House. Log House Antiques will host historical lectures from Larry Johnson and John Flood throughout the day.
The event will also feature kids activities including a scavenger hunt, finger painting, and face painting. There will also be live musical entertainment by the Sweet NOLA’s PO’ Boys.
“There’s so much going on,” Klimm said.
Admission for the event is free.
Heritage Day Events
• At Log House Antiques, there will be live music from 10-11:40 a.m. featuring Sweet Nola’s Po Boys; program by Larry Johnson, the Liberty Man, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; John Flood will talk about Buffalo Bill at noon and 2:45 p.m. There will also be free hot dogs, finger/face painting and scavenger hunt.
• At Wayside Inn, a ceremony of appreciation for Professor Jonathan Noyalas and blessing for Mount Zion’s 1801 Cemetery will be held at 1 p.m. Next door to the Wayside Inn, there will be a free escape room for ages 8 to adult. Sessions held every 30 minutes. Reservation: 540-535-9416.
• Belle Grove Plantation will offer a free tour at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Free tours of Aunt Caroline’s Cabin and the Hoffman House will also be offered.