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300 come out to support Spafford Area Historic Society

The Spafford Area Historic Society held their first annual barn sale on Saturday in an effort to raise money to rebuild two of its structures.

The barn sale was a one-day event and historical society members estimated more than 300 people attended throughout the day.

Scott Maitland of Moravia said he found out about the barn sale while driving throughout the Spafford.

"I just came about it driving around," Maitland said.

According to historical society President Mary Bean, the money raised during the barn sale will go toward fixing the back wall in Borodino Hall.

The Borodino Hall has been missing the back wall for some time now. The missing portion is currently being covered up by a blue tarp. The Borodino Hall is the Spafford Area Historic Society's main issue to be fixed first.

Funds will also be contributed to the Side Hill School, which is used to educate area children about school in the 1800s. Kids attend Side Hill School dressed in period clothing which includes everything from bonnets and dresses for the girls to shirts and pants for the boys, Bean said.

Volunteers at Side Hill School are in charge of running the school program. Their duties include teaching, cleaning and preparing the school for the next group of children. The children are given the chance to do activities and play games as if they were in the 1800s according to the historical society.

Barn sale options included the donation of items to the Spafford Area Historic Society, sales under consignment and the rental of space. The local vendors were able to bring and sell their own "junk," Bean said.

The Spafford Area Historic Society is also planning an auction in the Borodino Hall sometime in October; no confirmed date has been set.

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