Community members gathered for the 11th annual Victorian Ice Cream Festival on the grounds of the Lukens National Historic District on Saturday."It's a great event for Coatesville," said Scott Huston, president of the Graystone Society, which was created in 1984 to help preserve the 8-acre historic district.
Huston said the ice cream event has become something that a lot of residents have grown up with and it's a day to socialize, gather and eat ice cream.
Earlier in the day, a firehouse was dedicated, Huston said. It was named after his father, Charles Lukens Huston, who was instrumental in gathering the fire equipment. ArcelorMittal, a steel company, helped get equipment for the firehouse, too, Huston said.
This day has become a reunion for veteran volunteers of the historic district, according to Huston.
"People are very grateful that the buildings are open," said Sharon Tandarich, property manager of the historic district. She said the event gives former employees a chance to reminisce about when they worked there and meet with old colleagues and their relatives.
This year, the Gray-stone Society set up two displays of about 100 photographs dating to the 1950s to allow visitors to view old employees doing their work at Lukens Steel Co., off First Avenue.
In addition to the photo collections and seven flavors of ice cream, the festival featured antique cars, pony rides, face painters and music.