A descendant of early Quaker settlers in Highland County will be portrayed when the Greenfield Historical Society holds its annual Spring Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2.
The event will held in the historical society’s Konneker Education Museum at 245 South St. in Greenfield. Emma Sollars Shrock, portrayed by Barb Cook, will be the hosting character this year.
Cook is a longtime educator from the Greenfield community.
Shrock was a descendant of Jermain and Sarah Ballard, who were part of the early Quakers who settled the Leesburg area. Her grandparents, Anselm and Abigail Ballard, settled in Madison Township, where her grandfather was a township trustee for many years in the 1840s.
Shrock’s parents, Sarah Ballard Sollars and Allen Sollars, had a large farm at the intersection of State Route 41, just north of Greenfield, and Ghormley Road. Shrock’s father died in the mid 1850s during the construction of the large brick house that is still there today.
Emma married John Shrock and they lived on the farm directly north of her parents’ homestead where they raised two daughters. One daughter, Carrie, married B.R. Duckworth. The house, built in 1884, and the barn, built in 1887 by John and Emma, are in still use today and the farm is still in the hands of Duckworth descendants.
Refreshments will served at the tea and will include finger foods, tea, coffee and water.
Presale tickets are on sale for $10 at Community Savings Bank in Greenfield. The historical society said that with limited seating there is no guarantee that tickets will be available on the day of the tea, so it recommends that tickets be purchased by noon Saturday, April 1.
For more information call 937-981-2905.
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