Friday, August 29, 2008

EAIA Meet Up

An Early American Industries Association meet up is scheduled for October 4 in Dillsburg, PA.

The following information is printed with permission from Tom Graham, who asks that you contact him or
Dana Shoaf if you plan to attend, so they can get a ballpark number of attendees (email addresses for both are below).


Thought any of you, particularly those in PA, MD, VA, WV or even DE or NJ might be interested in this upcoming event. Besides its annual meeting, members of the Early American Industries Association (EAIA) have started to organize more local events. On Saturday, October 4, there will be one at Historic Dill Tavern, 227 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, PA 17019. The tavern is located on 2 acres of land, has a fascinating history and architectural features, and spacious meeting room and modern necessary facilities. It is conveniently located at the intersection of Route 15 and 74 between Harrisburg and Gettysburg just east of Route 15.

The meeting will last from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and include:
a.. Morning Tailgating
b.. A talk by EAIA member and traditional builder Sam McKinney on the restoration of Dill Tavern. Sam has been painstakingly restoring the tavern since 2005.
c.. Day-long hearthcooking demonstrations.
d.. Display on the equipment and weaponry of the Continental Soldier of the Revolutionary War, including flintlock firing demonstrations.
e.. Historic masonry demonstrations, building a bake oven chimney.
f.. A chance to catch up with friends and talk about tools!

Other presentations are being developed, and several tool dealers have been asked to attend and set up. Cost is $12.00-pay at the door. Proceeds go to the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society and EAIA and are tax deductible. If you would like to sell tools at the morning tailgate, please email EAIA board member Dana Shoaf at and let him know. If you would like to put on a demonstration or give a talk, contact Dana as well. To learn more about Dill Tavern, visit its web site at Check EAIA's website frequently for more updates on the meeting and registration information. You don't have to be an EAIA member to attend. Anybody who is interested in traditional crafts, hand tools, woodworking, early industries and re-enacting is encouraged to join us.

Hope to see you in October!

Tom Graham
(540) 338-7738