Celebrate the Grand Opening of Ely Museum’s Richard Paddock Blacksmith Shop

May 19th, The Lake County Historical Society will hold it’s annual Member’s Picnic in the Oak Grove at the Ely Stage Stop Museum. This year, the picnic will feature the opening of the Museum’s blacksmith shop with demonstrations. 

The working blacksmith shop was the vision of Greg Dills, past Museum Executive Director and longtime Ely Museum supporter. Volunteers began on the building in 2018.  The project is the culmination of 6-years of effort, hundreds of hours of volunteer work and thousands of dollars in donations of money and materials.  Many of those donations came from Elizabeth Paddock.  The shop is named in honor of her late husband.  

In the 1800’s, every town in Lake County had a blacksmith shop. Without the blacksmith’s wares, there would be no transportation (wagons and horse equipment), no houses (nails, hinges, etc.), no farm equipment, and very little infrastructure (roads, communication, etc.).  The blacksmith shop WAS the hardware store of the period.

The Ely Museum is bringing a working Lake County Blacksmith Shop back to life as a window into the past.

Come out to the Historical Society Member’s Picnic and watch blacksmithing in action.  The picnic is free to members and $10/person for non-members (but free if you become a member at the gate).  We provide BBQ burgers and dogs, water, ice tea, and coffee.  The rest is potluck style, so bring a dish to share.  There will be sodas, beer, and wine to buy.

It all starts at noon, May 19th at the Ely Museum, 9921 Soda Bay Road, just off HWY 29 between Kitt’s Corner and the Riviera Market.   

Curated by The Bloom Staff

We always welcome community input. If you have a press release, event, or idea you would like to share with The Bloom's readers, send us a note on our contact page.

error: Content is protected !!

Your Cart

Cart is empty.