Tucked away in southeastern Jefferson County is a cradle of history that shows the evolution of the county from the time it was settled in the mid 1800s to today. The Steele City historic district brought that history to life over the weekend attracting people from across the nation to see history in action.
The Steele City Living History Weekend was an event made possible by the Jefferson County Historical Society, which opened the doors to several historic landmarks in Steele City, including its bank, the blacksmith shop and the livery stable. On hand to showcase history in action were a number of volunteers who demonstrated how to do things like make rope, weave baskets and even how to make soap from basic materials.
The event culminated in a presentation given by local historian Gary “Mitch” Zabokrtsky, who provided a detailed account of the early settlers of Jefferson County and showed the rise and fall of some lesser-known settlements within the county. Here is video clip from Zabokrtsky’s presentation on Sunday: