Ironville AppleFolkFest gets bigger and bigger.
The year-end event at the Penfield Homestead Museum in Ironville, AppleFolkFest has become the top attraction at the historic site. Penfield also hosts an opening-day pancake breakfast in the spring and Heritage Day in the summer.
“Yes, AppleFolkFest is our biggest event,” said Kama Ingleston, a Penfield trustee. “The craft fair usually has over 30 vendors. And being fall, people are thinking about holiday shopping.”
The 2014 AppleFolkFest will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. The craft fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. Chili, hot dogs and apple desserts will be served at the pavilion beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be live music throughout the day.
Admission is free. For more information call the museum at 597-3804 or go online at www.penfieldmuseum.org
AppleFolkFest will mark the end of the 2013 season at the Penfield Homestead Museum, although appointments and research are available throughout winter by calling 597-3804.
Located in the Crown Point hamlet of Ironville, the Penfield Museum is the former home of Allen Penfield and reflects the 19th Century when mining dominated the regional economy. It is also the birthplace of the electrical age.
The hamlet of Ironville, on the National Register of Historic Places, is listed as the “Birthplace of the Electric Age” since it is the site of the first industrial application of electricity in the United States in 1831. The electricity was provided by a simple battery known as a “wet battery,” which in turn was used to power one of Joseph Henry’s electromagnets. The electromagnet was used in Ironville to recharge the magnetic prongs on the magnetic ore separator, a machine used to remove the iron from the crushed ore.
The magnet also became a novelty and people would come from miles to see it’s strength. Thomas Davenport, of Brandon, Vt., was so fascinated with the magnet at Ironville that he purchased it from Allen Penfield at a cost of $75. With the experimentation that Davenport did on that magnet, it lead to his invention of the electric motor in the mid 1830s.