Treasure Mountain Festival boasts rich heritage

Visitors and hometown folks will enjoy tapping their toes to bluegrass or dancing in the street as they enjoy a down home “mountain reunion” in Franklin at the 45th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival Sept. 19-22.

The town will teem with window displays; heritage craft demonstrations; historic exhibits; quilt and needlework examples; a giant flea market; and contests among muzzleloaders, mustache growers and heritage costumes.

The Treasure Mountain Festival was named for the events following the tragic destruction of two local forts by Shawnee Indians during April 1758. After pillaging/burning Fort Upper Track and leaving no survivors, the Shawnee Indians then attacked and burned Fort Seybert outside Franklin, taking a few women and children prisoners after scalping the older men.

Those settlers not killed in the massacre were herded northward along the Indian Trail which crosses South Fork Mountain through Dean’s Gap in the Deer Run area, and Greenawalt Gap to the site of Fort Upper Tract. From there they journeyed through Germany Valley and Seneca to an Indian village in the Ohio River Valley.

The valued possessions and treasures belonging to the settlers were placed in an iron kettle, carried by two braves with a pole inserted through the handle. The kettle was hidden somewhere along the trail when the braves tired, fell behind and later rejoined the captives without the kettle.

The Native Americans never returned to the area, but some of the captives escaped, returned to Pendleton County and told what had happened.

Many people have searched for this ancient kettle of gold, but it has never been found.

What has been discovered are the more important treasures of mountain beauty, clean air, sparkling streams and rivers, rock formations, caves and fertile fields – the treasures and heritage of the mountains here for all to enjoy.

Musical treasures featured during this TMF are performances by Dylan Scott, The O’Donnells, West Wind Bluegrass, In the Tradition, Ryan Cain and the Ables, Marteka and William, The Church Sisters, the Moatstown Choir, Now and Then and the Country Store Opry.

Entertainment includes a play at Smith Creek Playhouse, a living history wagon at Fort Seybert, “Heritage and Cream Teas” at the Flea Market building and a big circle dance on the courthouse lawn.

During the festival, a free shuttle bus service traveling from the Main Street festival headquarters at the town parking lot to the Pendleton Community Building parking lot to the Boggs House Museum and back will be running continuously on Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No pets are allowed on the buses.

No parking will be permitted along the parade route (from Great Valu along Main Street to the Community Building) on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. so as to provide an emergency rescue and fire lane should it be needed.

Grace Moats will officiate as the 2013 parade grand marshal.

The Jason Bowers family will demonstrate hand-stirred apple butter making and cider making with a 100-year-old press recently refurbished by Jason Bowers.

The food on sale in booths around the town is prepared by various civic organizations, churches, fire departments, rescue squads and school PTOs as their main annual fundraisers.

Homemade goodies include cornbread and beans, country ham sandwiches, cotton candy, caramel apples, beef and pork barbecue, funnel cakes, buckwheat cakes, snow cones, homemade pies and cottage fries.