This coming Saturday is the ninth annual Wakefield Heritage Day in Wakefield, NH. A variety of activities will take place at Heritage Park in Union, one of the town's five villages. Volunteers and commission members will give presentations on the water-powered mills, railroading, and the ice industry. The restored railroad station has extensive displays relating to railroading during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as exhibits on ice harvesting on Lovell Lake. The 1903 rail snow plow once ran on the Bangor and Aroostook line and then on the Wolfeboro Railroad. It has been restored and is open to the public. There will be "putts-putts" - aka track maintenance cars, antique autos, and Drew Mill - a nineteenth century water powered mill - will be open. The blacksmith shop will have its old forge operating. The 1896 freight house has been restored and houses an exhibit on Wakefield's water powered mills and dams. The one must-see here is the HO scale rail line with the five Wakefield villages under construction and operating as it looked in 1909. There will be train models and equipment on sale as well.
The Wakefield Heritage Commission encourages residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy these events as they work to preserve the roles of the railroad, the mills, timber, ice industry and related trades in Wakefield's historical past.
Location: 2 Chapel St, Union
Schedule of events:
10:00 Opening remarks 10:00 - 1:00 A historical 'treasure hunt' for all ages 11:00 "Ice Cutting on Lovell Lake" 11:00 - 1:30 Barbeque lunch sponsored by the Wakefield Heritage Commission 12:00 - 2:00 "Everything Vanilla" - Sundaes, frappes and root beer floats sponsored by UVCA 12:00 - 3:00 Moose Mountain Brass Band 12:00 - 2:00 "Stage Stop" opens at Heritage Centre in Wakefield Corner 1:00 Drew Mill tour 2:00 "Stories From the Past: Wakefield's 140+ Cemeteries"