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Visitors to Angelica will be taking "a step back in time" next weekend.

Heritage Days in Angelica, the 192-year-old Allegany County village, will unfold Friday evening, Saturday and next Sunday.

The event is sponsored by the Angelica Booster Citizens.

Angelica, with a population of about 1,000, lies near the Genesee River on County Road 16, 1 1/2 miles off Route 19 between Belfast and Belmont.

The community is a treasure trove of history. Abolitionists here once promoted the formation of what would become the Republican Party. The community was the first county seat and is the home of the original county courthouse, built in 1819.

A major highlight of Heritage Days is the debut showing of the Readers Digest video, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Genesee Valley Central School gym. Admission is the $1 price of a Heritage Day button.

Other events include a flea market; $3 architectural walking tour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday; the (C)roquet Tourney Saturday and Sunday; visits to the Colonial Room Museum; an outdoor church service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday; demonstrations by the Southern Tier Spinners Guild at 10 a.m. Sunday; and displays.

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