Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young’uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County’s east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.
The first stop is Dorchester Village Civic Center on Highway 84 (Islands Highway) just east of I-95. They’re holding their annual Christmas Bazaar and Fish Fry from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a sight to behold — one you’ll likely never forget. There will be arts, crafts, decorations, gifts, and, of course, a visit with Santa, all in one of Liberty County’s historical gems. Admission is free.
Next, continue down the road a bit to Seabrook Village’s Harvest Fest from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugar cane grown by locals will be ground and cooked by area artisans into mouth-watering sugar-cane syrup. The old mill still is operating, so visitors can grind their own stalks and enjoy the delectable cane juice. Freshly baked hot biscuits and warm syrup from the pot highlight the menu for those hankering for the good ol’ home cooking of yesteryear. Hayrides, horseshoe pitching, face paintings, games and free tours of Liberty’s only living-history museum will round out the experience. Admission is free.
We’re not done yet. Just down the way a piece, stop at Fort Morris. Stand where Col. John McIntosh stood on Nov. 25, 1778 and told the British demanding his surrender to, “Come and Take It!” Preferring not to take on the colonists, the Brits withdrew to Florida. Tour the museum and learn the rest of the story. There is a nominal admission fee.
Finally, end the day by taking a short jaunt down the trail to the Sunbury Crab Company — the only eatery where local oysters and blue crabs are harvested daily for the very best dining experience Liberty waters have to offer. Admission is free.
All in all, visitors are in for a fun-filled, festive, educational, belly-satisfying, hands-on experience not to be forgotten. See you there.
— Bruce A. McCartney
Trade Hill Community