The annual Edgewood Heritage Festival from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 13 features live demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and other folk crafts among original structures reminiscent of life in Van Zandt County from the 1850s to 1920s. The photo at left is this year’s honoree for the event, Pattizo Humphries, who passed away last year.

The Edgewood Historical Society is hosting its free annual celebration from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at Heritage Park Museum of East Texas.

Visitors to the Edgewood Heritage Festival will find a classic cars show, antique tractors, mini bike races, a model train demo, an old west reenactment, arts and crafts, food and vendors, a pinto beans cook-off, a gourmet bake sale, children’s activities and rides, pictures with Santa, live music, and more.

The festival is the major fundraising effort in the quest to maintain the architectural exhibit of 20 restored and furnished structures reminiscent of life in rural Van Zandt County around 1900.

The park bustles with folk art exhibits as artisans and vendors demonstrate age-old skills like blacksmithing, antique printing presses, weaving, and hand quilting. The Bearded Barbers are on hand giving haircuts in a historic barber shop while live music is offered throughout the day, and shoppers find hand-crafted holiday fare, baked goods, jams and jellies.

This year’s festival is dedicated to one of the park founders, Pattizo Humphries, who passed away November 6, 2020, with COVID-19. She worked tirelessly for decades to help build and maintain one of the best historic villages in the state. The Heritage Park Museum of East Texas encompasses 20 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800s to the 1920s. The park was established in 1976 as a bicentennial project and has grown ever since, offering grounds for social events, weddings, and a local farmers market.

For information visit www.heritageparkmuseumofetx.org or call (903) 896-1940.

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