Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Glory Days

Last Saturday, Mom, Pa, Richard and I went to Glory Days in Clinton. The bad news was that it was raining buckets. The parade was cancelled and the amusement park was shut down. The good news was that people stayed away! We had most of the Square to ourselves. We specifically wanted to go to the Henry County Museum. The docent let us in TWO hours early - they had re-scheduled because of the parade and weren't supposed to open. She gave us a personal tour of the museum and it was wonderful.

The town of Clinton used to be a destination for sick people who came to the natural springs for health and rejuvenation. A whole industry was built around the health spas. Eventually the spring dried up although the park is still there.

The museum also house a collection of articles from opera legend Courteney Thomas, who's stage name was Vera Thomas. A few other famous Henry County residents included the man who invented Cheerios and the man who invented the cattle poke - a special rigid metal brace that held the cow's head still for various cattlework. There were displays of local pottery (We have a lot of clay around here!) and a military room with scenes of Civil War battles and various weapons.

The museum has grown since I've seen it last and I'll be taking guests who are interested in for a visit.

We had lunch and then we went to see Jim Raysik's personal collection of old automobiles. Raysik is the local Chevrolet dealer and has maintained his collection in the old DeSoto Building on the square. The building houses an old fashioned looking car parts area with bubble gum machines and a coke machine that dispenses glass bottles. Very period looking! Here I am in the arch of the museum quality Parts Department.

Our next stop was the Quilt Show put on by the Golden Valley Quilters Guild. We saw lots of lovely quilts and I even bought fabric from one of the dealers.

Our last stop was the Dorman House. This home is on the National Register and has been carefully restored with some of the family's heirlooms and with donated period furniture and textiles. Judge Dorman was a prominent figure in Henry County's early years.

We had a realyl great time touring the Square despite the rain.

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