Fall Festival Saturday at Blue Creek in Whitehouse

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 by: Scott Carpenter | Category: Arts and Entertainment


The former Nona France quarry in Whitehouse, now part of Blue Creek Metropark, will be the backdrop for a fall festival, Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Metroparks, the Village of Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation are sponsoring the event to bring attention to an area of Blue Creek recently opened to the public. Fishing and boating are now permitted on the quarry, and a section has been cleared for bouldering (horizontal rock climbing at low heights). The quarry area is behind the Whitehouse village offices, with an entrance on Providence Street, west of SR 64. Festival Activities · Try kayaking on the quarry and archery. Boats and archery equipment provided by Metroparks. · Food trucks: The Dawg House and Gary's Kettle Corn · Music by buskers and a DJ · See demonstrations of remote control planes and boats by the Flying Tigers RC Model Club and Maumee Valley Boat Club · Take a free horse-drawn carriage ride · Just for fun: See a trebuchet (pumpkin chucker) in action · Tent camping available Friday night. To register, call 419-407-9701 About Blue Creek Blue Creek Metropark is a sprawling park in the country with an interesting history. With two quarries, picturesque farm buildings and the involvement of several partner agencies, the park is unique in the Metroparks system. It’s also one of the largest Metroparks. At one end of Blue Creek is a quiet country retreat where visitors can walk a looped trail through a wetland and around a scenic quarry pond. The trail begins near an old hog barn on Schadel Road. On the other end of the park, accessible from Providence Street (behind the Whitehouse village offices), the former Nona France quarry is now open for kayaking, stand up paddleboating and fishing from shore or small boats. Both areas are open for daily use, 7 a.m. until dark. Elsewhere on the property, Metroparks operates a largescale seed nursery to propagate native plants, Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District maintains demonstration agricultural fields and Nature's Nursery runs a wildlife rehabilitation center. Located on the edge of the Oak Openings region, Blue Creek was the site of limestone quarries in the mid- to late-1800s. In 1917, the city of Toledo bought the land to build a prison farm. The property features glacial grooves and a rare glade habitat, a constructed wetland and an oak savanna. A focal point is a 20,873-square-foot barn with a gambrel roof and plank frame built in the late 1920s. The barn and other out buildings were part of the Toledo House of Corrections, also known as "The Workhouse," a jail where the inmates tended to the farm. Part of the jail remained open in the early 1990s. Portions of the property are leased to the Village, and a large section is used for recreational fields operated by the Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation. The Whitehouse Public Library is also located on the property.

Press Release Contact Name: Scott Carpenter
Press Release Contact Phone: 419-407-9726
Organization Name: Metroparks of Toledo
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