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Take a step back in time at Radford Heritage Days

RADFORD — Whether you’re a history enthusiast or just a curious local resident, the Radford Heritage Days event is your perfect opportunity to take a step back in time.
On June 14 and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Radford Heritage Days will guide you as you travel back to the 18th century while visiting the Ingles Farm in Radford, where local heroine Mary Draper Ingles and her family made their principle living by running Ingles Ferry.
While there, recount Ingles’ capture by Shawnee Indians in the mid-1700s and the perils she faced after her escape as she walked more than 700 miles back home.
Demonstrators, including members of the New River Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will also show what life was like once Ingles returned to the farm and the ferry during the height of westward migration, including displays explaining medical practices, tool use/making and spinning.
In addition, the rebuilt Ingles family cabin, cemetery and Ingles Ferry site will be open for exploration, with descendants of Ingles’ family and members of the Radford Heritage Foundation on hand to help explain the sites and answer questions.
The year 2008 also marks the 10th anniversary of the New River being designated as an “American Heritage River.” One location in each state the New River runs through has been designated as the official location to honor this distinction. Jefferson, N.C., kicked things off June 7 and will be followed by Radford during this weekend’s Heritage Days celebration on June 14, and will end in Hinton, W.Va., on June 21.
To tie these events together, Tangent Outfitters is leading a two-week float trip down the entire length of the New River that will be timed for a ceremonial “passing of the paddle” from one event location to the next.
Locally, Tangent Outfitters will celebrate in coordination with Claytor Lake State Park today.
This event will include a tour of Claytor Lake, dinner and guest speakers who will focus on the importance of protecting and preserving natural assets like the New River. A few invited special guests include Preston Bryant, secretary of natural resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, members of the board of supervisors of Pulaski County, private industry representatives, and representatives from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The official “passing of the paddle” will take place at 6 p.m.
On June 14, Tangent Outfitters will be on hand at the Radford Heritage Days celebration to offer free “crossings” from noon to 2 p.m. to anyone who would like to traverse the New River at the exact spot where many of the 300,000 people traveling along the Wilderness Road crossed to continue their journey westward.
Radford’s official “passing of the paddle” ceremony will then take place at 2 p.m.
The Ingles Farm is located near I-81’s Exit 105, off Main Street in Radford.
Radford Heritage Days is a free event.
For more information, contact the Radford Heritage Foundation at (540) 731-5031 or the Radford Visitor’s Center at (540) 267-3153.

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Take a step back in time at Radford Heritage Days

RADFORD — Whether you’re a history enthusiast or just a curious local resident, the Radford Heritage Days event is your perfect opportunity to take a step back in time.
On June 14 and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Radford Heritage Days will guide you as you travel back to the 18th century while visiting the Ingles Farm in Radford, where local heroine Mary Draper Ingles and her family made their principle living by running Ingles Ferry.
While there, recount Ingles’ capture by Shawnee Indians in the mid-1700s and the perils she faced after her escape as she walked more than 700 miles back home.
Demonstrators, including members of the New River Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will also show what life was like once Ingles returned to the farm and the ferry during the height of westward migration, including displays explaining medical practices, tool use/making and spinning.
In addition, the rebuilt Ingles family cabin, cemetery and Ingles Ferry site will be open for exploration, with descendants of Ingles’ family and members of the Radford Heritage Foundation on hand to help explain the sites and answer questions.
The year 2008 also marks the 10th anniversary of the New River being designated as an “American Heritage River.” One location in each state the New River runs through has been designated as the official location to honor this distinction. Jefferson, N.C., kicked things off June 7 and will be followed by Radford during this weekend’s Heritage Days celebration on June 14, and will end in Hinton, W.Va., on June 21.
To tie these events together, Tangent Outfitters is leading a two-week float trip down the entire length of the New River that will be timed for a ceremonial “passing of the paddle” from one event location to the next.
Locally, Tangent Outfitters will celebrate in coordination with Claytor Lake State Park today.
This event will include a tour of Claytor Lake, dinner and guest speakers who will focus on the importance of protecting and preserving natural assets like the New River. A few invited special guests include Preston Bryant, secretary of natural resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, members of the board of supervisors of Pulaski County, private industry representatives, and representatives from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The official “passing of the paddle” will take place at 6 p.m.
On June 14, Tangent Outfitters will be on hand at the Radford Heritage Days celebration to offer free “crossings” from noon to 2 p.m. to anyone who would like to traverse the New River at the exact spot where many of the 300,000 people traveling along the Wilderness Road crossed to continue their journey westward.
Radford’s official “passing of the paddle” ceremony will then take place at 2 p.m.
The Ingles Farm is located near I-81’s Exit 105, off Main Street in Radford.
Radford Heritage Days is a free event.
For more information, contact the Radford Heritage Foundation at (540) 731-5031 or the Radford Visitor’s Center at (540) 267-3153.

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