A visit to Starr Homeplace is a good day trip for anyone looking to get out of the house.
Starr Homeplace, Heritage and Creativity Center in Oak Ridge will host the annual “Homecoming to the Starr” Community Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

If it rains, visitors can seek shelter in the museum areas or the barn. The Center offers a glimpse into history with 19 museums featuring many aspects of life. The barn features an upstairs loft which is filled with a variety of books from the Stone collection from the old bookstore that was part of Twin City Mall in Monroe. Among the many historical artifacts on the the property, there is a '50's style kitchen, spinning wheels, large bottle tree, relics of farm equipment and an old porch swing.

Community Day will feature leather tooling, watercolors, woodworking and a blacksmith.

“I always encourage artists and craftsman to come out and showcase their work, plus I don't mind if they want to sell. I need people to get involved. I have a lot of areas that need a demonstrator such as a quilting room with a frame. The museums are more interesting if someone is making them come alive,” Joe Rolfe said.

Starr Homeplace is located at 5317 Old Mer Rouge Rd. Admission is $5 for adults and free to kids up to age 12. A contribution for lunch is asked if visitors would like a home-cooked meal, but visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

If anyone is interested in being a featured artist or has any questions, please contact Joe Rolfe at 318.758.1758.