Springfield Farm Barn Museum holds open house

November 21, 2000

Springfield Farm Barn Museum holds open house


WILLIAMSPORT - On top of a glass case at Williamsport's Springfield Farm Barn Museum rests a woman's shoe.

Once white and shiny, the leather is now dull and the heel is worn. Writing covers the sides, toe, tongue and heel of the shoe, describing how it was found by resident John Tice during the flood of 1936.

The shoe is one of many artifacts available for viewing at Springfield Farm Barn Museum during a Sunday afternoon open house.

About 25 attendees nibbled on a variety of apples and checked out displays of Williamsport's role in the Civil War, the C&O Canal's history, weaponry and an antique doll collection. They got a chance to admire restored classic tractors and pet goats, sheep, horses and chickens.


Mayor John Slayman was on hand to relate the history of the Springfield property, which was purchased by the town in 1986 with Program Open Space funds.

Residents worked hard to renovate the barn to house the museum, he said. A remaining portion of the barn is being restored and when finished will be used for "old-fashioned barn dances," said Slayman.

Artist Lonnie Jenkins was on hand to present the museum with an original painting of the barn.

In the barn's corral outside, Star of Texas and Dusty, miniature horses from Hagerstown's 4-H Stables, captivated children and adults.

Owner Shirley Hovermale said the geldings were bred to be show animals but are strong and can pull a lot of weight.

Each weighs about 300 to 400 pounds and both have a friendly, docile nature, she said.

In a pen nearby were two mischievous South African Boar goats, owned by Shirley Rhodes of Downsville.

The animals tried to make a snack of any jackets or trousers within reach.

Kari Smith of Williamsport eagerly ground cracked corn for the animals Sunday afternoon.

"They're hogging it up," she said.

Smith, who came with her sister and grandmother to see the animals, said she enjoyed touring the museum.

She displayed the laminated old-fashioned paper money she bought as a souvenir.

"I like history. It's fun." she said.

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