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Strawberry Festival sweet for Society

June 13, 2010
By AMANDA WHISTLE, The Leader-Herald

MAYFIELD - Each room in the Riceville Homestead is like a portal to a different time in American history.

Antiques like the horsehair settee in the parlor open the door to the Victorian Era. On the other end of the house, the newly selected wallpaper and authentic antique chairs in the dining room depict the Federal Era, from 1780 to 1820.

Oliver Rice's one-room cabin, erected in 1790 and moved to the back of the homestead after it was completed in 1810, is a glance into life just after the Revolutionary War. A kitchen behind the cabin, modernized in the 1920's, takes the tour of the homestead even further through American history.

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The Leader-Herald/ Amanda Whistle

Joyce, left, and Carl Frisch, Mayfield residents, eat strawberry shortcake at the Mayfield Historical Society’s annual Strawberry Festival at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church on?Saturday.

The period restorations made to the first floor of the homestead made this year's Strawberry Festival on Saturday, which marked the opening of the Riceville Homestead for the season, all the more special for the Mayfield Historical Society.

"We did extensive work that had to be done on the cellar and the foundation. But now it's all coming together because now we're doing work that everyone can see," said Betsy Foster, a member of the Mayfield Historical Society and its Interior Restoration Committee.

The Rice family owned the house for about seven generations through nearly 200 years. They sold it in 1988 and it was acquired by the Historical Society in the early 1990s. They've been working on it ever since, Foster said.

Over at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, Carl Frisch and his wife, Joyce, were finishing up their strawberry shortcake while local musician Gary Van Slyke wrapped up his performance.

Van Slyke and the dessert were moved from outside the Riceville Homestead to the church because of the rain this year.

The Frischs look forward to the Strawberry Festival every year, though they didn't visit the homestead this time because of the rain.

"We usually like to visit the homestead every year and everything is always delicious, no matter where you eat it," Joyce said.

Sylvia Parker, president of the Mayfield Historical Society, said at first she and other organizers were disappointed by the weather, but she said everyone still had fun and the turnout produced a successful fundraiser.

The cost of admission was $4 for adults and $1 for children younger than age 8.

"We were so disappointed we couldn't hold this at the Riceville Homestead because of all the work we've done there," she said. "We wanted to show it off, but thank goodness for a place like this [the church] where people can come."

The Riceville Homestead is open noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.



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