Har-Ber Village opens its 54th season on Saturday | KSNF/KODE

GROVE — The Great Lake Quantum Frontier-themed museum opens to the public on Saturday.

Begins its 54and season, Har-Ber Village is a popular Grand Lake attraction. Part of the opening weekend festivities include living history demonstrations.

Visitors to the museum can observe and learn about broom making, carpentry, blacksmithing, home cooking, weavers, spinners, and old-fashioned photography.

“We opened a week earlier to attract students during spring break, said Nicole Reynolds, co-director of the museum.

In the past, an average of 200 visitors came to Har-Ber Village on opening day, she said.

Harvey and Bernice Jones purchased the lakefront site in 1968 on Grand Lake for a summer residence. Instead, the couple decided to build a place for public enjoyment that showed life from the mid-1800s to the turn of the 20and century.

Har-Ber Village spans six acres mostly surrounded by the shoreline of the Great Lake. The winding landscape allows for a leisurely tour of more than 100 exhibits, including log cabins, general trade stores, a school, and a prison with hanging gallows. Most exhibits are antiques and collectables, but there are a few reproductions

The chapel overlooking Grand Lake was the museum’s first building. It was built by Harvey Jones using handmade bricks before the Civil War and is a popular wedding venue.

Park benches are available for resting or spotting squirrels frolicking on manicured flowerbeds.

Other sites include walking trails and nature trails, Reynolds said.

Another attraction opening as the weather warms is a mining sluice allowing visitors to search for gemstones, Reynolds said.

“We have several festivals planned for April,” Reynolds said. “More festivals will take place during the year.”

Farm, Agriculture and Ecology Days are scheduled for April 8-9, and Civil War-era Historic Days are scheduled for April 22-24.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and admission is 63 and over $7.50, 18 to 62 $10, 5 to 17 $5, and children under 5 are admitted free.

For more information, go to the link.https://har-bervillage.com/home

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