Stately Oaks hosting weekend history displays

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Ever wanted to see how people used to make sashes, candles and leather shoes in the mid-19th century?

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is giving people a chance to see these old-school techniques in action every Saturday this month, with "National Preservation Saturdays" at its Stately Oaks Plantation, 100 Carriage Lane, in Jonesboro.

Members of the historical society's Living History Guild are setting up shop outside, on the grounds of the society's Stately Oaks Plantation, and demonstrating skills, such as basket weaving, wool spinning, crocheting, and cooking on a hearth.

The plantation is open from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., on Saturdays, with tours of the main plantation house ending at 3 p.m. While the Living History Guild's presentations are free to view, there is a fee to take a tour of the plantation. The fees are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and active members of the military, $6 for children under 6 and retired military members. Call (770) 473-0197 for more information.

-- Curt Yeomans