National Road to be remembered
National Road Festival (Submitted photo / April 30, 2013)
"Addison is a very historic village," Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society President Joan Whetsell said. "People come to take a look back in time and learn what the past was like here."
The first segment of the National Road was built from Cumberland, Md., to Wheeling, W.Va., in 1818. It enters Pennsylvania in Addison and exits the state in West Alexander near the Ohio border.
Addison's Main Street is part of the National Road.
A wagon train will travel the road near Addison at 3:30 p.m. May 16 and leave at 8:30 a.m. May 17.
The Old Petersburg Toll House is in the borough. It will be open for tours. Toll collection began there in 1835.
A one-room schoolhouse will be full of life again during the festival. A third-grade class will attend school May 17 with their teacher dressed in period clothing.
"They get to experience a day of history," Whetsell said.
An old-fashion baseball game is planned for 10 a.m. May 18. Players will dress in old uniforms and an umpire will be there to enforce the 1860s rule, "no cussing."
"They just play with a leather ball and a wooden bat," Whetsell said. "There are no gloves."
Character performances will bring history to life with "Addison Apparitions" at 7 p.m. May 18.
A community church service is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 19, followed by a car show at 11:15.
Old Pike Days is scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Addison Community Park, near the tollhouse. Festival Chairman Marcy Kalasky said the event has grown this year.
"We hope to do more for the kids this year," she said.
Events include a National Guard rock climbing wall, fire truck rides and a flea market. Mountain Therapy bluegrass band is scheduled to play at noon May 18, and a sky lantern liftoff is scheduled for dusk May 18. Antique tractors will be on display at noon May 19.
Kalasky said she is looking for more vendors. Space for nonprofit organizations is free.
For updates, visit Addison Old Pike Days Festival on Facebook.