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Jubilee continues

Weekend filled with celebration at Jackson’s Mill

September 1, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The annual Jackson's Mill Jubilee, a celebration of crafts, music and West Virginia history, will continue throughout Labor Day weekend at West Virginia University Jackson's Mill in Lewis County.

Gates open at 10 a.m. both today and Sunday, and the festivities run through 10 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4. The event kicked off Friday, and it's designed as a celebration of West Virginia's past, present and future.

The grounds of the historic facility are jammed with food vendors, crafters of all kinds, heritage musicians and dancers, kids games and more. West Virginia's only full-time cooper, John Kessinger of St. Albans, will be in the historic area demonstrating the art of barrel making.

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West Virginia’s only full-time working cooper, John Kessinger of St. Albans, begins working Friday on his next project at the Jackson’s Mill Jubilee.

There also will be a variety of food offerings, everything from traditional hot dogs, to catfish and a range of homemade desserts.

"Nobody can say we have the same things every year," said Bill Adler, one of the Jubilee's committee members.

Musicians will be scattered throughout the grounds. Some have scheduled times and places to perform, while others just get together for a good, old-fashioned jam session. West Virginia authors will be selling their latest offerings at the Dorsey Center this year, as the summer storms damaged the cottage in which they traditionally set up.

Kids will have the opportunity to romp in the Bubble Barn and also have a go at the football challenge. There will be a model train exhibit in the historic area, and area preachers will conduct a worship service on Sunday morning.

Folks also can tour the Old Jackson's Mill Museum, take in the Civil War re-enactor shows and tour the historical buckskinner encampment.

There also will be a variety of exhibits and demonstrations, a vintage car show, handiwork exhibition, antique show and sale and horse-drawn carriage rides. The carriage rides are set from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday with Steve Freda.

Mt. Vernon Dining Hall will offer dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today; and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More information is available at 304-269-7777 or



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