LOCAL EVENT: Pioneer for a day

While Gwinnett's early settlers would have skimmed cream right off their milk, those churning butter at McDaniel Farm Park on Saturday will use a store-bought heavy cream.

The cream will be added to a churn in which a dasher will be used to form a clump of butter just as Gwinnett's early residents would have done to make the spread.

Churning butter is one of the hands-on activities Gwinnett residents can experience during Pioneer Day at McDaniel Farm Park, which boasts buildings restored to recreate 1930s farm life. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the original barn, the well shed, the blacksmith shed and the tenant farmer house during Saturday's event.

"We're taking people back in the past with homemade goodness, is what I call it," said Jennifer Collins, historic preservation supervisor with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

Pioneers for a day can also experience candle dipping and working on a spinning wheel.

"We find that a lot of people are interested in just sitting down and doing some of these hands-on activities that you don't do anymore," said Kim Elmore, a staff member with the Gwinnett History Museum.

A 19th century schoolroom will be recreated during the event, while musical group The Gwinnoters will be playing dulcimer music inside the farm house.

Gwinnett residents can take part in Pioneer Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the event is $6. For more information, call the Gwinnett History Museum at 770-822-5178.