WAPAKONETA — To put people in touch with the cooking skills of the 1840s in a fun way to remember the history of a time when settlers still were arriving in Ohio, people gathered Saturday at a log home for dinner, fun and entertainment.
“This is a fancy, formal meal for the 1840s here at the Gary Log House,” said Chris Burton, the vice president of the Auglaize County Historical Society.
The house is on display at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
A live cooking demonstration along with participation from people attending was held to give people a chance to test their skills while learning how a meal would be prepared in the 1840s, which all enjoyed.
“The meal was prepared outside since there is not a working kitchen here at the log house. We will be dining inside,” Burton said.
The dinner is the third annual and typically 25 people show up either Friday or Saturday night.
It gives the society a chance to use the house and serves as a fundraiser. About $500 is raised to help maintain the log house, Burton said.
“There’s a lot of upkeep with the building,” Burton said.
People come from neighboring towns for the program. There is cooking, a meal, entertainment through storytelling and singing, and dessert.
Bonnie Rausch said she enjoys history and events such as the dinner and presentation.
“I am kind of used to cooking with the Dutch ovens because when we camp,” Rausch said. “I like old times. I like to go back in time.”
Brandi Picek was in charge of preparing the roast pork loin with corn muffins, cucumber salad, applesauce with cranberry, pound cake with sliced peaches.
“This is a meal for when you have friends over. It’s larger than your typical every night meal,” Picek said.
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