HANOVERTON - The village of Hanoverton will be celebrating its bicentennial July 12-14 in conjunction with the Peddlers' Days festival.
Hanoverton was founded in 1813 by residents from Hanover Township, Pa., and began with an economy based on farming, until the Sandy Beaver Canal brought a new boom to the town in 1830, said Lloyd Berresford, member of the bicentennial committee.
"The big project was the long half-mile tunnel," he said. "It took 200 workers and three years to build and launched the economic prosperity of the town."
The bicentennial is kicking off at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12 with hot dogs, pop, and free ice cream at Pelley Park. At 7 p.m., a car show will be held at the Auto Mall. Beginning at 8 p.m., a ghost walk will start at the north end of Plymouth Street where "ghosts" at various stations will tell stories of Hanoverton's history of the Sandy Beaver Canal and the town's history of the underground railroad.
The celebration continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, with an antique tractor and engine show. At 2 p.m., a large parade will begin at the fire department and travel east down State Route 30 to Main Street. After the parade, at 3 p.m., a Victorian tea will be held at Hanover House hosted by the Ladies 1860's study group. This will also be held Sunday. A dinner will be at the old Hanover school building at 5 p.m., featuring an old fashioned pig and beef roast. As long as the weather allows it, tether balloon rides will be at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. will be a dance and at dusk a great fireworks display will be shown.
On Sunday, July 14, the bicentennial closes with morning community church services at Betz Park at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a time capsule opening and a speaker will talk about Hanoverton's early history. A new time capsule will also be started and bringing something to be put in is encouraged. The town pump will also be dedicated.
Peddlers' Days will be running in conjunction with the bicentennial and will feature food and drinks, arts and crafts, and old costumes and vendors on Plymouth Street.
"There will be something for everybody, including a petting zoo, strawberries and ice cream, historic items at the village hall, dulcimer and country-western music, and a 50/50 drawing," Berresford said.
Souvenirs, T-shirts, and trinkets of all descriptions will be for sale to help fund the event, he said. Donations are also being accepted. To donate, a check can be made out to Hanoverton Bicentennial Committee and mailed to P.O. box 463, Hanoverton, OH 44423.
The T-shirts being sold have the old slogan "meet me at the pump" in reference to the old town homecoming.
"The homecoming was a big deal, and the slogan was central," said Chuck Thompson, member of the committee. "Everyone knew where it was and the tradition has carried on [through the years]."
"Come one, come all, for a great time," Berresford said.