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CHARLESTON -- A presentation on firestarting methods used in the pioneer era will be a highlight of the final open house of the season at the Five Mile House.

Sunday's event will feature a presentation and demonstrations by Lance Beever, a repeat of one that took place at the site last year.

Other scheduled features of Sunday's event include Tom Vance playing guitar and banjo leading a sing-along of early 19th Century songs.

There will also be candle-making for children along with spinning and weaving demonstrations.

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Sunday's event will conclude the Five Mile House's annual Sunday open house series for the year but the site does have additional events scheduled.

The site foundation's annual barbecue fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 7 and the site's annual Fall Festival event is set for Oct. 6.

The Five Mile House is one of the oldest structures in Coles County and is located southeast of Charleston at the intersection of Illinois Route 130 and Westfield Road.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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