Academy of Lifelong Learning has luncheon at Five Mile House

Liz Dowell, Copy Editor

The Five Mile House is putting on a “lunch-and-learn” where members of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Eastern will be able to go and learn the history of the house.

The Academy for Life Long Learning will be attending the luncheon on Thursday, October 15th from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The house has been around since the 1800s, there is even speculation that Abraham Lincoln had visited the house.

The house has been anything from a house, a wayside in or tavern and a stagecoach stop, a place where travelers could stop and rest up.

There will be lemon bomb cookies and green tomato jam, a concoction of green tomatoes mashed and mixed in with together with cinnamon, lemon, ginger and vanilla.

It’s mostly for the Academy of Life Long Learning at Eastern but anyone is welcome to come and snacks will be available.

Lunches will not be provided to so people attending will have to bring their own.

“This is our first one we had,” Kathy Hummel a board member for the Five Mile House Foundation said. “This is an event for the Academy of Life Long Learning.”

Cheryl Hawker, a retired Eastern professor of mathematics and a Charleston resident, will be talking food preservation, like she was doing at the Five Mile House Fall Festival last Sunday.

“I’m going to be talking about the food preservations,” Hawker said. “I’m going to show all the things we hung up to dry and talking about what things you would preserve in that was versus other ways of preserving food for the winter.”

The point of putting on the luncheon is to educate more people on the Five Mile House history.

“They will be munching while we talk to them about the history of the Five Mile House, ” Hummel said. “My husband will be doing a pre-trial of the first owner of the land.”

There will be other historical presentations going on while the visitors are munching on their food.

The Life Long Learning Academy is mainly aimed at people ages 50 and older but anyone can belong. They offer a shortened less expensive courses through the school and it’s a series of events aimed to help learn dialog, advance their abilities and cope with continuous change of today.


Liz Dowell can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]