Last Heritage House tour slated for SundayIt was a time when everything was made by hand, farming was big in Woodbury and a stove was the only source of heat. That time, and things that came with it, is being preserved at the Woodbury Heritage House.
By: Riham Feshir, Woodbury Bulletin
It was a time when everything was made by hand, farming was big in Woodbury and a stove was the only source of heat.
That time, and things that came with it, is being preserved at the Woodbury Heritage House.
You can see it off of Radio Drive and Lake Road. It’s the little white house built in 1870 as an addition to a farm and log-cabin home established by Fredrick and Sophia Raths.
The Woodbury Heritage Society holds public open houses the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. June through September.
A Sept. 23 open house will culminate this season’s tours, where many children learn about ancestors, new residents realize Woodbury was a lot different back then and volunteers share their knowledge of the city’s history.
Many of the items at the Heritage House have been donated by families who once used them in their daily lives. A number of things are original, while a few have been brought in to showcase and complete the museum.
A butter churn, once featured in the 1898 Sears Catalogue for $3.50, sits by the window that used to be a doorway to the log cabin. Families would make seven gallons of butter by hand using the machine, volunteer Kathryn Ho said.
On the opposite side of the room is the stove, laundry area and dining table and chairs.
Ho said children have been visiting the Heritage House to learn about the city’s history and see things they’ve never seen before.
“We especially like younger people to come in because they’re living in a world where they can’t even imagine not having a TV in the car,” she said.
Most of the items have been collected over the years and more will continue to be added.
“If the Heritage Society wasn’t here, those little pieces of history would more than likely disappear,” she said.
To see more of the city’s history, stop by the open house from 1- 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.