The springhouse at Ebbert Spring has been selected for the 2019 Old Home Week badge.
Brad Barkdoll, chair of the badge committee, announced the decision at Monday's meeting of the Old Home Week Association.
The badge will "help draw attention to a local site that is full of history, that maybe a lot of people don't know about," Barkdoll said. "What better way to showcase local history than Old Home Week? Plus, there will be walking trails opened at Ebbert Spring in time for OHW where people can go and enjoy and learn."
The springhouse sits on the future site of the Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve and Heritage Park. There is evidence of use of the property dating back 10,000 years and the limestone house was built by William Allison, father of Greencastle founder John Allison, in 1850.
The limestone base of the red brick springhouse might be the original French and Indian War Fort Allison.
The Archaeological Conservancy has acquired the property off U.S. 11 south of Greencastle and the goal of Andy Stout, a Greencastle native and the conservancy's eastern regional director, is the have trails with interpretive kiosks open by Old Home Week.
The image on the badge was designed by Andy Barbuzanes and it will feature red, white and blue ribbon to highlight the red brick of the springhouse, Barkdoll said.
An Old Home Week badge costs $6 and provides admission to all the events of the triennial celebration that will be held Aug. 3 to 10, 2019.
Mandy Stottlemyer suggested that the springhouse sketch be made into a framable print that people could buy.
Also at Monday's meeting:President Andy Everetts said that security clearances may be required for some committees whose members will be working directly with children, such as the pageant. He will provide more information to those committees. Everetts also said that new ideas are being refined and that he wants to hear from committees that have spots for new volunteers. Since 2010, a Greencastle-Antrim High School student has helped out at OHW Headquarters for their community service requirement. They do everything from setting up and tearing down to vacuuming and selling memorabilia and Bob Johnston wants to know if any students are interested. Antrim Township supervisors have approved opening Martin's Mill Bridge for the drive-through and the park committee is working on activities for Antrim Township Community Park, John Alleman reported. The software Ken Shockey has used for the Old Home Week website is being discontinued. He is working on learning the new software and redesigning the website. Several artists are interested in helping with a paint night, Julie Rohm reported. It actually is going to be a Paint in the Park Monday afternoon event. Some of the paintings will then be displayed at Allison-Antrim Museum.
The next meeting of the Old Home Week Association will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Rescue Hose Co. multi-purpose room, 842 S. Washington St.
For questions, contact Everetts at 717-729-7078 or:
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