I am reminded of the many volunteers who gave of their time to make Semmes Heritage Park the success it is today.
The first food we had for Heritage Day was Wash pot soup, and fried corn bread in iron skillet on a camping stove. Sammy Everett cleaned and sanitized his family wash pot and built the cooking fire. Members contributed cooked meat, and vegetables to make the soup. It was quiet a success.
When a citizen of Semmes Community. Chris McNeal heard of our need for food for Heritage Day He donated and grilled chicken. Semmes Winn Dixie donated the sides for the BBQ Plates along workers to fix the plates and the Semmes Woman’s Club donated bake sale items. All activities of Heritage Day were free except for the food sales with funds going to the park for maintenance and upkeep.
Another fond memory in our early days of celebrating Heritage Day happened when a man came by and saw what was going on and said he would be glad to bring a wagon for rides next year. But, he did not wait till the next year, He went home got his horse and wagon came back and gave rides. One year we had a stage coach that gave rides.
The next year we had Carriage rides by Port City Carriage, Steve Quigley. Another Year, Bart Massey and friends brought a cover wagon and a farm wagon gave wagon rides.
Throughout the years so many people have volunteer, just ordinary people that were willing to give of themselves. Semmes people are can do people and not afraid of hard work. Thank You!
Preserving our History