Scattered throughout Grayson County Frontier Village at Loy Lake Saturday were local merchants selling homemade goods. The arts, crafts and vintage fair brought about 30 area businesses and several food vendors to the site for a day of sharing information about Grayson County’s history.
Frontier Village held the event Saturday to raise funds to redo the roofs of several of the houses on the site.
“Chinking is also a huge problem for us,” Frontier Village Museum Director Charla Harris said. “That is when the logs do not quite meet. Back in pioneer days, they would use clay and twigs to fill in the holes. We try to be as authentic as possible to preserve these homes so dealing with chinking is something that we go through every so often.”
Harris said that there were several booths at the fair that people would not see at other fairs. They included LaRue and Premium Designs, homemade candles, bath bombs and other bath products, custom signs, crocheting companies and homemade jewelry.
Anita Cooper said her husband walks their dog near Frontier Village so they thought they would come and look around at the items for sale.
“Frontier Village is history,” Cooper said. “I think that a lot of people come here because we cannot imagine what the settlers had to go through. It is sometimes hard for us to remember because it’s not something we had to do or what our parents had to do. But, this is about more than just the past, this is about the history of our town. It’s our history. They did not have the fancy houses like we have today. It had to start somewhere.”
Among the handmade soaps and apothecaries, jewelry, clothing, and local food vendors, Doris Sims said she rediscovered a place that she had not visited in a while.
“I came out here today because I am looking for treasures,” Sims said. “I think that if people have not been to Frontier Village in a while, they forget that it is out here or they think they know everything there is to know about the homes that are out here. People need to educate themselves about these homes and the unique things about this area.”
Visiting Frontier Village, Sims said, is all about learning about the shared history of the people in the south.
“I brought my brother and sister-in-law out here for a tour a few years ago,” she said. “They really did enjoy it. My brother is a farmer in Missouri so as we were walking around out here, he found it really interesting and he knew a lot about a lot of things out here because he understands farming. So this place is about more than our history. It can help others relate to what was going on in Texas all those years ago.”
Frontier Village will be hosting a re-enactment on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 and will have a trick-or-treat night on Oct. 28 with a ghost tour for those ages 12 years and older.