New Castle museum forges plan for display |

New Castle museum forges plan for display

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

NEW CASTLE ” An old-time blacksmith shop is planned as a new addition to the New Castle Historical Museum next year, featuring donated items that came from a former local blacksmith.

That is just one of the plans being discussed at the New Castle Historical Society’s last board meeting of the year, to be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the museum. Everyone is invited to attend.

“We really want to make a blacksmith shop between the museum and the old jail,” said Lorraine McNeal, president of the historical society board. “We thought it would be interesting for the kids especially, because you don’t see that many around anymore.”

The blacksmith items are from the late Joe Parrish ” who operated the last known blacksmith shop out of what is now occupied by the taxidermy store on Main Street.

The museum, located off 4th Street, features lots of New Castle memorabilia, including old pictures, newspaper articles, school yearbooks, some clothes and old-time appliances.

“Most of the items were donated by people who lived here and their families,” McNeal said.

Many people who visit the museum have moved elsewhere, but come back ” especially during the Burning Mountain Days festival ” to find information about their ancestors.

“I think most people think of the museum as a place to connect with their roots,” McNeal said.

The museum is open generally in the summer months from June to August, but visitors can come in the off-season and make an appointment by calling McNeal at 984-2142.

Those wishing to become members of the New Castle Historical Society can do so for a nominal fee of $5 a year per individual; $10 a year for a family and $25 a year as a sustaining member.

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