(Courier file photo by Renee Bruck)
(Courier file photo by Renee Bruck)
A fall celebration will be held at the Historic Eleutherian College in Lancaster to educate visitors about the historic significance of the college to the area during the 1800s.

The three-day event will begin Friday with tours of the Eleutherian College building for local school classes.

The fall celebration features presentations about the college, Underground Railroad and historic figures from the area Saturday. Educational exhibits, activities and self-guided tours will also be featured Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. before a picnic and music from 6 to 9 p.m. Organizers encourage visitors to bring their own picnic meals and to enjoy the music featured during the celebration.

Events continue Sunday with educational exhibits, activities and self-guided tours before a presentation at 2 p.m.

The educational exhibits will include information from Historic Madison, Inc., the African American Heritage Trail, the Jefferson County Historical Society, Cornerstone, the City of Madison and the Lanier Mansion. An exhibit featuring early American Indian stone tools will also be on display during the events. Civil War re-enactors will also be at the college telling visitors about the Civil War.

The fall celebration will also be the last time Eleutherian College will be open for public tours for 2012.

Presenters will talk to visitors in the chapel or first floor of the Eleutherian College building, Elsa Conboy with the Rivers Institute at Hanover College said. Educational exhibits will be set up on the around the college property, but may be moved inside in case of rain.

The Eleutherian College visitors center will also be open during both days of the event showcasing historical research about the college and Jefferson County's role in the Underground Railroad.

The fall celebration is a rain or shine event. For more information about the event, call the Rivers Institute at Hanover College at 866-7291 or visit the Historic Eleutherian College Facebook page.