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Heritage Saturday to feature variety of activities for the family

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By Dave Taylor

The News-Democrat

The Port William Historical Society will host Heritage Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at the historic Masterson House, located across from Arkema on U.S. Hwy. 42, east of Carrollton. There is no admission charge to attend.

“We hope to draw more people in this year,” said Karen Claiborne, president of the Port William Historical Society. “With the economy the way it is, people are looking for activities to do that are close to home.”

Saturday’s event will feature a wide variety of activities, including an antique tractor show and historic craft demonstrations. “We have historic crafts, such as basket making,” Claiborne said. “We’ll have a quilt display. We have butter churning, that’s always popular with the women. We’ll have entertainment by a deejay and a gun show of vintage guns.”

House and lawn tours will be conducted at the site where two of this community’s earliest settlers, Richard and Sarah Masterson, built their home in the fall of 1790. It is believed to be the first two-story brick house built between Louisville and Cincinnati, according to Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism’s driving tour. Slave labor was used to build the house out of native bricks burned on the site. The bricks were laid in Flemish bond style.

The Mastersons were very influential and hospitable citizens. Being early converts to Methodism, they were hosts to the first Methodist meetings in this area.

An historic landmark, the house was restored in 1980 with a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Kentucky Heritage Commission.

A number of food and bake sale items will be available, according to Claiborne. “Jim and Sharon Graves from Jumbleberry Farms will be there selling jams and jellies. Bobby Giles will be doing the same thing. We’ll have a bake sale and a garden sale of seedlings.

“We’ll be having a raffle. We’re hoping to raise a few funds, but it’s more of a nice, free admission event for the community,” Claiborne said. “We want people to come and enjoy the Masterson House.”

Heritage Saturday will also feature a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. by Anthony W. Frolich, author of “Time Keeper,” a biography of Thomas Zane Roberts, Kentucky Renaissance Man. The book signing is “our big thing this year,” Claiborne said. “It’s an historic piece of work,” she said of the book. “He writes about local history subjects around Northern Kentucky. He gives the proceeds from his work to the Boone County Historical Society.”

Local Boy Scouts of America troops will be camping on the grounds the night before the heritage event, Claiborne said.