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Walking tour starts this weekend

September 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Canfield Historical Society will again take a step back in time with its Canfield Historic Walk set to kick off, rain or shine, at 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sept. 29. The Sept. 29 walk will feature a dinner-walk package.

The event is growing and new scenes are added and popular scenes maintained. This year will again see the famous Farmer's Bank robbery that took place at the turn of the 20th Century, including a Model T vehicle used for the quick get-away.

"There will be 10 stops in all, along the walk," said Bond House curator Laura Zeh-Vazquez. "It will cover the recreation of Canfield's historic events up to the 20th Century."

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Orpha Trusdale-Bond (portrayed by Jody Lewis) stands greiving over the loss of her husband Elijah Bond who is laid out in the parlor at the Canfield Historical Society's Bond House. The scene will actually be a part of this year's historic walk scheduled for this weekend and next.

Among some of the new scenes this year will be the re-enactment of the shooting of Canfield Sheriff John Cone in July of 1880. Portraying Cone is Canfield Historical Society member Polo Vazquez. His scene will take place in front of the WPA Building on the south end of the Village Green.

Cone's story involved two Austintown brothers named Homer and Lot Harroff. They were placed in jail by Sheriff Cone earlier in the day.

"They came into town drunk and causing a ruckus," said Vazquez. "That is why I threw them in jail."

The brothers were eventually released and returned to Austintown, only to make the trip back to Canfield to gun down Sheriff Cone in cold blood.

Around the same time period, 1978 to be exact, the Bond house will be the location for a funeral. Portraying grieving widow Orpha Trusdale-Bond will be Jody Lewis. She will be dressed in black and will have a period-correct casket in the parlor at the Bond House to represent her deceased husband Elijah Bond.

"The walking tour will stop at the Bond House to pay respects," Lewis said.

Laura said the event has been a success because it helps showcase Canfield's history by taking people back in time to see what it would have been like.

"It teaches young and old about local history, and fosters a love of community," she said.

The event will take place two Saturdays, starting with this Saturday (Sept. 22) and ending up on Sept. 29. There will be four tours each day beginning at 4 pm. with the last tour departing at 5:45 p.m., rain or shine.

The Sept. 22 tours are $10 per person. The Sept. 29 tours have a special Walk/ dinner package available. Ticket price including dinner at Piccadilly Parlor is $40 per couple or $25 individual.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Canfield Historical Society at 330-533-3458. Leave a message and someone from the Society will return the call.



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