Thursday, October 4, 2012

Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Spring Park

For 34 years folks have been gathering at Maramec Spring Park 6 miles southeast of St. James, Missouri for Old Iron Works Days.

The idea that something old is old news is so not true in this case, the Maramec Springs Park takes pride in educating folks, celebrating with folks, and well just providing folks with a good time.   

Old Iron Works Days kicks off October 13 & 14 and runs both days 12 pm to 5 pm.  Events, attractions, demonstrations include live music both days: Basket Weaving, Beekeeping, Corn-husk Dolls, Stained Glass, Antique Tools, Wood Carving & Working, Civil War Display, Pottery, Kids Games, and much much more.

It does cost to get into Old Iron Works Days, the cost is $15.00 per car load, however, once in the park touring both museums and seeing the spring is free.  

Maramec Spring flows an average of 100 million gallons of water each day making it the fifth largest Spring in Missouri.  The daily temperature of the water is 56 degrees Fahrenheit  therefore the water never freezes, but is always cool on hot days.  

The two museums on site share the history of Maramec Spring.  The Maramec Museum exhibits the natural history, the working history with scale models of how individuals used the spring and its water before modern times.  The Agriculture Museum ( this was my favorite) house a large display of antique farm machinery, including my 4 year old's "corn picking tractor", much of the equipment dates back to as early as the 1800's.

Also available at Maramec Spring Park  visitors can enjoy feeding the trout, or fishing for the trout, there is also great places to picnic, a nice playground, several walking trails, camping and The Pick and Shovel Cafe.  

For more information about Maramec Spring Park or Old Iron Works Day visit their website.   

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