The third annual Maplelawn Sunshine Market will bring in a variety of antiques, carpentry and vintage items and allow visitors to experience a day on a 1930’s farm.
Guests can walk through the more than 175-year-old farmhouse in a guided tour, take photos with a 1939 Chevy Sedan, view antique tools and learn more about life during the Great Depression.
There will be food trucks on site, beer and wine for sale, Humane Society of Boone County pet adoptions and a variety of unique, hand crafted items available for purchase.
The Maplelawn Farmstead in Zionsville was purchased by the town in 2003. With the help of the Zionsville Historical Society, a group of volunteers who wanted to preserve the farmstead for education received approval from the Zionsville Parks Board to create what it is today.
In 2005, the Maplelawn Farmstead, Inc. was incorporated and granted non-profit status.
The annual market is just another way for volunteers, community members and supporters to see what they’ve accomplished.
“Every room had to be re-done,” said Jan Stacy, a volunteer board member for Maplelawn. “Each room had five layers of wallpaper. There was no furniture in the house at all. All furniture has been donated or bought with a grant, but when word got around that we were looking, people contacted us about an old bedroom set or sewing machine.”
The car, tools and 1930’s tractors were all donated by a neighbor. Sherwin Williams donated paint and supplies to get them started and many organizations donated funds or time to help get the project underway.
“The Future Farmers of America have their annual convention here each year and we are a location they volunteer with,” Stacy said. "They send 40 to 50 kids out for two days and they just do wonderful projects for us. Businesses in the area also send 12 to 15 people out frequently to help out."
While there is still work to be done, the property is open to the public and residents are encouraged to learn more about the farmstead legacy left behind.
They work to keep events as authentic as possible to the '30's era. During the summer, the Maplelawn Farmstead will host movies on the barn. On scheduled event days, guests can enjoy tea in the dining room, open houses and other special events.
The goal is to keep things as true-to-time frame as possible.
“We started out thinking what a person would do to entertain during the Depression — if they could entertain at all,” Stacy said. “After the first year, we discovered a lot of what people call vintage isn’t really what we’re looking for. So, now we start in January and we’ve been selective because we want it to be authentic. We have a great variety of vendors, demonstrations and skilled, handcrafted items.”
Stacy said the work put into renovating and maintaining the historical farm has been a group project and many volunteers have contributed time and funds to make it happen.
“It was a process, but it was a lot of fun," Stacy said. "We’ve met so many nice people.”
The Maplelawn Sunshine Market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 at 9575 Whitestown Road, Zionsville. For more information, visit the website at maplelawnfarmstead.org.