Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pioneer Center and OU-C partner to present Black Farm Festival

OU-C and the Pioneer Center are partnering to present the “Black Farm Festival” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 12. The historical tribute to the life and time of Charles and Daisy Black will be held at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Farm, located at 32505 State Route 50, near Londonderry.

The house and farm have a rich history of serving the community. Charles Black used the farm as a location for breeding and training saddle bred horses, and he became well-known for his craft. Also, the house has a long history prior to Charles and Daisy Black purchasing it in 1948. There is an old road which ran behind the house and was traveled by stage coach. Further, during the Civil War period, slaves had a safe haven in the upstairs of the house behind a false wall as they made their journey to Canada. There was a trap door in the kitchen area where they could reach the first floor.

After moving to Chillicothe in 1934, the Blacks purchased the 268-acre horse farm outside of town in 1950 and built the farm’s 20-stall horse barn in 1958.

Daisy Black, Charles’ wife, was one of the founders of the Pioneer School. That relationship blossomed over time, with the Blacks becoming generous supporters of the developmentally disabled community. Charles eventually donated his farm to OU-C for the purpose of having children with disabilities use it for therapeutic riding opportunities.

In 2002, Black donated the horse farm and its riding facilities to Ohio University-Chillicothe. The horse farm continues the Blacks’ heritage of contributing to the community. The facility includes programming for children with disabilities, a passion that Charles and Daisy Black shared.

Among events during the Black Farm Festival are:

Marketplace. Hand-crafted artisan Appalachian crafts and an historical antiquities display.

Lunch. A picnic-style lunch will be available for purchase including pulled pork from the The Pioneer School’s Tiger Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main Stage. Entertainment by Stephanie Stanley, The Greater Goods (Ashley and Amber Good), Rick Barnes and speakers from the Story Teller’s Festival.

Family Activity Tent. Several fun, family-friendly activities including pony cart rides provided by Stargazey Farms.

Arena. Horse demonstrations will allow an insider’s historical perspective.

Barn. Tours of the barn will highlight the history of the horse barn and Charles’ intention for the farm.

Special Performances. Appalachian music performances during the event.

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