Heritage Festival

A living history reenactor talks to school children during the 2016 Mercer County Heritage Festival

GLENWOOD — After a year’s pause due to COVID-19, the Mercer County Heritage Weekend will be returning to the Mercer County 4-H Camp.

Princeton Railroad Museum Director and Mercer County Historical Society Secretary Pat Smith said Wednesday, “The event will be held Friday and Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. each day.”

On Saturday morning, Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer and the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard will be doing a special ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11.

“On 2 p.m. Saturday, we’ll be doing a reenactment of Frank and Jesse James’ visit to Princeton to rob the Princeton Bank,” she said.

Saturday night from 8-10 p.m. will feature a dance with music from “Common Ground, Smith added.

Smith said, “I will be there talking about the Battle of Princeton and the railroad’s role in building Princeton.”

Other reenactors, she added, will portray pioneer Mercer County settlers Richard Bailey and Phoebe Belcher Clay, among others.

“They will be present all day Friday and Saturday at booths where they’ll be giving presentations,” she said.

There will be food in the main dining hall and craft booths.

Smith added, “We’ll be having a memorial table dedicated to three past presenters who died during the past year: Fred Powers, Ray DeVoe and Anya Porter.”

Smith also said that, due to COVID-19 concerns, the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Princeton Railroad Museum set for Oct. 2 would be cancelled.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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