In 1862, Henry R. Rouse saw a need in his community and sought to fill it. On his deathbed, he willed the balance of his estate to help care for those in need. Now, 150 years later, the Rouse Estate continues to carry out the mission of Henry R. Rouse as it cares for the generations of Warren County and beyond.
In recognition of its 150th year, Rouse has planned some very special additions to its annual Heritage Day celebration. This year, the annual event which will take place Saturday, Oct. 6 will include a food, craft and vendor fair. It will also include some very special musical performances.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the grounds of the Rouse Estate in Youngsville will open to the celebration's first-ever food, craft and vendor fair. To date, more than 40 regional vendors, including Sweet T's Cookies, Harmon's Moon Shadow Mercantile, Creative Crystal, M&D Creations, Wild Tree Products and Valley Bead & Glass Art, have confirmed their attendance. The food, craft and vendor fair will run until 5 p.m. There is no fee for admission.
In addition to the food, craft and vendor fair, Heritage Day will also feature four musical acts. Scheduled to perform are regional acts including bluegrass band Road Apple Ridge, folk band Celtic Creek and singer/songwriter Kenton Kovich. Two special performances will also take place, featuring The Victory Belles.
Traveling to Youngsville all the way from the World War II Museum in New Orleans, The Victory Belles are a trio of performers who take their audience on a nostalgic journey through several World War II-era classics. During Heritage Day, the Belles will perform two 45-minute shows; one at 11 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There will be no admission fee for either of these shows. To learn more about The Victory Belles, visit their website at: www.victorybelles.org.
Along with the newly-scheduled events and performers, Heritage Day will also feature past favorites including pony and carriage rides, Civil War reenactors, Granny's Ark Petting Zoo, costume photos, cash bingo, a children's play area with games of the 1800s, a Civil War-era fashion show and a speech by Gen. Strong Vincent. Former Rouse Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Probst, will also perform "A Walk in His Boots: Remembering Henry Rouse." This theatrical feature is a first-person account of Henry Rouse's life, written by Probst herself.
Heritage Day is a community event. For more information about Heritage Day and a complete schedule of times and events, visit www.Rouse.org.