It’s that time of year when kids and families are busy getting ready for the school year, purchasing new clothes, shoes, school supplies and more. Whether you have school aged kids or not, you can get into the spirit of back-to-school with a Living History Day in Kimmswick. Kimmswick has a rich history; this Mississippi River town was established in 1859 and is now known for its historic homes, quaint shops, amazing events and fabulous restaurants, like our own Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery!
Kimmswick is on the National Register of Historic Places; 44 buildings in the district have a national historic significance. Many of the restored homes and businesses date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Kimmswick was founded in the mid-19th century by Theodore Kimm, a successful dry goods merchant. At one point, the town fell into disrepair, but was revived in the 70s and 80s by Lucianna Gladney Ross, whose family operated the Seven-Up Company for many years.
Living History Day is scheduled for Saturday September 15th, 2018. This event is being hosted by the Kimmswick Historical Society and the Kimmswick Merchants. We will step back in time and experience a Civil War Reenactors Encampment and historical performances including:
- Dianne Moran’s A Mother’s Tale: Brother’s fighting on both sides of the Civil War.
- Chris Sutton thrills the audience with his Firsthand Accounts of a Union Civil War Officer
- Stephen Huss presents Jefferson County’s 200 years of History
Additional activities include tours of historic Kimmswick homes, demonstrations by craftsmen, antique tool display and demonstrations, archaeological displays and a musical sing-a-long for children.
By mid-September, all supplies will be in use as the school year is well underway. Give yourself and much deserved break and enjoy some local history at Live History Day and see all that Kimmswick has to offer! And while you’re here, stop by The Blue Owl. And don’t forget to save room for dessert – our amazing cakes, pies and pastries are definitely worthy of a place in your personal history books.
Of course, remember that Dreams Really Do Come True!
All My Love,