Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hundreds Come out to See 85-Year-Old Caboose; Railroad and History Day Fun, Educational

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hundreds Come out to See 85-Year-Old Caboose; Railroad and History Day Fun, Educational

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Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, Clay County Line correspondent

Hundreds of people who converged on Clay County Historical Triangle in Green Cove Springs on Saturday to attend the 11th annual Railroad and History Day clamored around the event's featured attraction, an 85-year-old red caboose.

The hey day of the railroad is gone, but today children and adults still find a caboose exciting.

"Everything was great, but I really liked the train," said Middleburg resident Ronnie Gideons. "It seemed like everyone wanted to walk through the caboose."

The event, sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society, celebrates the history of how Clay County has developed along the Florida rail lines. More than 400 volunteers participated in the planning of the celebration that is recognized as the society's premier event.

"We wanted people to find history as exciting as we do," said Madeline Samec, event chairwoman. "I was very pleased with the way things came across and the response we received from the community."

In addition to food and live entertainment, visitors got a chance to view Civil War re-enactments, sword-dueling demonstrations, antique cars, World War II military vehicles, quilting displays and a fashion show featuring costumes from the 1800s.

Norma Elliott, founding member and chairwoman of the Clay County Historical Museum, said more than 1,500 people who attended the event also toured the museum, which houses six rooms of artifacts, many more than 100 years old.

"We had a wonderful day," Elliott said. "This is a very special event for us. We always say that every day is a day of history, but this is the railroad festival."

First-time visitors like Tara Key of Orange Park said the event was fun and educational.

"My children really loved it," Key said. "This is a great way to learn about history. …

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