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Fall tour finale offers bargains, village open house

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Weekend Route 66 yard sales numerous; Two days of activities planned in Rome

By Vince Luecke

PERRY COUNTY - The last big weekend of Perry County's Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour will follow the Ohio River Saturday and Sunday, with dozens of Route 66 yard sales offering bargains at stops in several communities. Also Saturday is an open house at the Shubael Little Village near Rocky Point. Two busy days of events are also planned in Rome, many of them centered around the town's historic courthouse.

Route 66 Yard Sale

The annual Route 66 Yard Sale is set for Saturday though some sales will continue Sunday. Sales are planned along Indiana 66 from Troy through Tell City and Cannelton to Rocky Point, Rome, Derby, Dexter, Magnet and Oriole. Public sites where residents can sell items  include Tell City's Wal-Mart, near the Rome Courthouse and at Mulzer Park in Derby.

For more information on fall-tour activities, call the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933.

Open House Saturday

The annual fall open house at the Shubael Little Pioneer Village  is set for Saturday near Rocky Point, with tours of restored cabins, crafts and foods reminiscent of the time. Quilting, spinning, woodcarving and outdoor baking in the Rogier oven are some of the activities. There will be fried apples, hoecakes, cornbread and beans, fresh brad and sassafras tea.

Frank Stiles has offered to provide his barbecued-chicken dinners and Marty Backer will serve up a kettle of "bearcat" stew. Bob Gibson and friends will play old bluegrass and country favorites on the front porch of the Carter Cabin, whose restoration has been finished over the past year.

Visitors can tour the massive stone fireplace and bake oven. As built by Homer Hull Carter and friends, the cabin lasted 150 years before being donated to the village.

Visitors can see a half-circular staircase and rebuilt mantle. Village organizer Chuck Poehlein said the mantle board is original. It and the window and door trim have been painted a blue-green matched from the original milk pint.

The cabin's interior is whitewashed, something preservationists found when inspecting the cabin prior to it being dismantled.

The whitewash brightens the cabin's interior, an accomplishment since the home has only one window  and faced east to let in the morning light, helping the person in charge of tending the fireplace.

Visitors can see other cabins in the village as well as a new composting privy and the completed Ramsey Shelter.

Busy Days in Rome Saturday and Sunday

Fall-tour activities will draw visitors to the historical Rome Courthouse and nearby farmland for two days of activities. Rome Courthouse Days will include refreshments and food.

On Saturday, the Crosswind band with Donnie and Willie Tindle, Mike Cambron, Mike Anderson, Furgie Schumacher and Tabatha Little will begin playing at 1 p.m.

There will also be free Route 66 yard sale spaces available and an all-day concession stand. The concession stand will sell hamburgers, cheeseburgers, barbeque, sodas and more.

On Sunday, fried-chicken dinners will be served, starting at 11 a.m. Dinners include chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, bread, slaw and homemade dessert with tea or lemonade.

There will be live music from noon to 3 p.m. Crafts are also planned.

A cornhole tourney will take place at 11, followed by a Little Miss Fall Fest pageant at noon. For more information about the tourney and pageant, call 836-2104 or 836-4431.

Jim Krutz will provide free wagon rides and a silent auction will take place during the day. Riverside Diner will also have an ice cream trailer in Rome.

Other items such as pies, cakes, cookies, bread and canned goods will be sold.

The Southern Indiana Draft Horse and Mule Club will be present both days, weather permitting, and will demonstrate old-time plowing and disking methods, similar to how early farmers used to prepare their fields before the age of tractors. Watch for signs in Rome.

Booth space for vendors is available for $5. For more information call 836-2544 or 549-5503.