It's that time of year again for smoky oak fires, quilting and spinning demonstrations and a little blacksmithing at the annual Pioneer Day at the Peterson Point homestead east of Wallingford.
Living history demonstrations will include blacksmith Lawrence Hacker of Petersburg; Mark Johnson, a Civil War reenactor from the Twin Cities and originally from Spencer; Carol Armstrong who will demonstrate quilting; Belva Henrickson who will demonstrate spinning; and possibly a woodwright.
There will be donation boxes outside and inside the house to help sustain the homestead. All donations go to improvements for buildings at the historic site.
The east side of the house at Peterson Point, originally a log cabin, was built in 1865 while the stone portion to the west was built 30 years later.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Recent improvements include a roof, well and restoration of the blacksmith shed which was the original house, according to Jay Drury, member of the Buffalo Ridge Renegades and member of the Peterson Point Pioneer Day committee. Drury said a future goal is putting in a vault toilet on the property.
Peterson Point is replete with history. The farmstead was settled in 1865, just a few years after Robert and Esther Ridley founded Estherville. Drury said Chief Moon Eyes of the Winnebago tribe camped on the shores of High Lake and traded with settlers in the area until about 1895 when his tribe was relocated to a reservation.