The Mayfield Historical Society has formed a gardening/socializing group that meets twice a month at The Rice Homestead during the summer.
The Mayfield Historical Society will be kicking off the summer season with its 39th Annual Strawberry Festival and premiering its new summer exhibit “Toys of Yesteryear” on Saturday, June 18th, from noon to 4 pm at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road, in Mayfield.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Cabbage Patch doll of which Coleco in Mayfield had a part. Toys from the 1700’s through mid 1900’s will be on display as well as a video on the Coleco plant in Mayfield.
There will be a children’s hands-on “Toys of Yesteryear” area on the lawn as well as live entertainment by Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle who will perform from 1 – 3 pm.
Folk Times said of Gibson and Staudle:
“With guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, ukelele and dulcimer, these high-spirited independent artists present heartfelt original acoustic folk and blues.” Admission is free.
Strawberry shortcake with ice cream and lemonade will be available for a donation of $5/$3 for children 8 and under.
Free tours of the Rice Homestead will be given and the Loom Room, Mill Stone Garden, and Heritage Flower Garden will be open for viewing. In the event of rain, the event will take place at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St. in Mayfield.
Sturgess Chicken BBQ tickets will be sold at the event as well as 2022 Mayfield Historical Calendars.
The Rice Homestead will be open throughout the summer on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm until Labor Day and by appointment by calling 518-725-5261 or 518-332-0538. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ricehomestead.
The Rice Homestead has been lived in and cared for up until the 1990’s by the descendants of its original owner, Oliver Rice, a veteran of the Revolutionary War.
Prior to the 18th century, the lands that would become Fulton County were used by the Mohawk Indians as hunting and fishing grounds. By the turn of the century, New Englanders and settlers from the Hudson River Valley were looking to expand, hoping to find farmland along the frontier.