Tompkins Historical Society

Tompkins Freedom Festival

September 20, & 21, 2014

How the Freedom Festival Evolved


In 2004 the Township of Tompkins leased the home and 350ft by 350 ft to the Tompkins Historical Society.  Plans were to make the home into a museum.  After many fundraisers and hours of volunteer initiative, the museum was ready to be opened.


The Historical Society brainstormed many ideas of how to immerse the public in the rich history of Tompkins Center and keep their interest in the Society peeked year after year.  In 2005, Everett Horn introduced the idea of a military time line with re-enactors, to demonstrate how our freedom is protected and to honor all who gave their lives so we could live ours.  In order to accomplish this, he recognized that he would need the help of all the Society members.  Everett’s guidance and perseverance prevailed and The Annual Tompkins Freedom Festival became a reality.


Our first annual Tompkins Freedom Festival was held in the year 2005.  The event started as two days and remains the same today.  Military encampments, Native American encampments and talks, Cavalry Demo’s, Mid-evil Knight Demo’s,1860’s Fashion Show, Hawk-Knife-Bullwhip & Lariat Demo’s, Mule Pack Saddle Demo’s, Corn-bread cooking, Butter Churning, Children’s Games, Wool Spinning, Northwest Drum Line and other events were happening throughout the two day event to give the visitors an idea of what life was like then.  The newly renovated museum was also opened for tours.  A flea market and food vendors were included.


Since then, the Annual Tompkins Freedom Festival held the third week-end in September each year, continues to grow bigger and better then the year before.  In 2006, a car show, entertainment, working saw mill, steam engines, antiques tractors, tractor pulls and more demonstrations were added.


Always the 3rd weekend in September. The 10th Annual Tompkins Freedom Festival will be September 20-21, 2014.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend both days or part of any day, you won’t be disappointed.  A fun filled family event with something for everyone and it is FREE!