Georgia's Westville offers living history

LUMPKIN, Ga. -- Westville, the 1850s living history museum here, is presenting an "old-fashioned" Independence Day celebration this Fourth of July.

The festivities will start with an 1850s barbecue at 11 a.m.

This will be followed by competitions, such as sack and three-legged races, the greased pole climb and a watermelon-seed-spitting contest.

Guests are then invited to participate in a vintage baseball game, complete with uniforms, equipment, rules and a field indicative of the period.

Westville also will keep with the tradition of launching the blacksmith's buried anvil into the sky with black powder every hour on the hour to celebrate another year of independence.

The museum will host its fifth annual Fiddlers Contest on July 22, with a $200 prize to the winner.

Westville is a living history village consisting of more than 25 relocated, restored and original buildings and landscapes depicting Georgia's preindustrial life, with crafts such as blacksmithing, quilting and hearthside cooking demonstrated daily.

Located 35 miles south of Columbus, Westville is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for students, with group discounts available.

Phone: (888) 733-1850

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