Mid-Ohio Valley History Expo held at Henderson Hall | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo by Douglass Huxley Left to right: Brenda Wingrove, Susan Wunderlich, Vicky Dutton and Connie Bookman perform at the 2nd Annual Mid-Ohio Valley History Fair at Henderson Hall in Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN – The 2nd annual Mid-Ohio Valley History Expo was held Saturday at Henderson Hall in Williamstown. The event brought together historical societies from the area, local artisans including a glassblower, blacksmith, tinsmith, weavers, spinners and others to share their unique skills and knowledge of the past.

“We have a common point” Randy Modesitt, manager of Henderson Hall said. “We all love history, we all love sharing that history with other people. And I thought what an opportunity to just bring people together. … I thought it would be nice to bring all these historical organizations together in the Mid-Ohio Valley so that we can learn to work together and share what we have with each other. And it went pretty well.”

Some of the area historical societies that attended included the Doddridge County Historical Society, the Richie County Historical Society, and Bob Enoch of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society.

Mark Lambert, local blacksmith and blacksmith, and owner and operator of Golden Sun Forge in Lower Salem, gave demonstrations and lectures on creating nails, J-hooks, blades, holsters, and more.

Joan Coffey and Pam Hoskins spun their spinning wheels to show guests how yarn was made in the past. They also had spindles to show how the court was made even before the spinning wheel was invented in the 1400s. Hoskins said that every culture in the world had its own variation of the spindle and it could vary in size from small to large.

Photo by Douglass Huxley Dave Fetty, who has been blowing glass for 67 years, works on a piece Saturday at the 2nd Annual Mid-Ohio Valley History Fair at Henderson Hall in Williamstown.

Dave Fetty and Mark Lupardus demonstrated glass blowing. Fetty worked at Fenton Art Glass for 47 years and has been blowing glass for 67 years. Fetty made cowboy hats and mushrooms, and showed how he uses a pile of water-dipped Parkersburg News and Sentinel folded papers to help shape the glass as he works. Fetty said he had tried other newspapers, but News and Sentinel seemed to suit him best.

Maresa E. Hunyady, Matt Petty and Donald Jones, who operates The Uniformed Historian Facebook and YouTube page, were dressed in Civil War uniforms to offer a bit of history of the area at that time. They were also fundraising for the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation.

Jessica Wielitzka and Viva from Hidden Marietta were available to tell ghost stories and the history of the Marietta area and the Harmar Historic District. Hidden Marietta operates out of the historic Anchorage Mansion in Marietta and offers ghost walks in downtown Marietta.

Modesitt said he would like to keep in touch with the various historical societies in the area.

“I sat down with, I think, every single one of them and talked to them a bit about their organizations and how they work and that kind of stuff,” said Modesit. “And over the course of the year, we hope to visit some of their historic organizations and have them come and visit us.”

Douglass Huxley can be contacted at [email protected]

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