Welcome Spring with Flower Power, May 7, 2:00 to 4:00

Birds singing, flowers blooming – spring is here at last! Visit the museum on May 7, 2:00 – 4:00 to “Welcome Spring with Flower Power.” Children may decorate a flower pot and then choose a plant to put inside, and also can make festive paper flowers. Visitors may also wander the grounds and view the lovely gardens which include the herb, vegetable, and children’s sensory gardens. The program includes museum tours and open-hearth cooking demonstrations featuring period techniques and recipes. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger.

Sheep to Shawl Festival, 4/30/17, 1:00 – 4:00

It’s spring, and the sheep are due for their haircuts! The museum will be holding its annual Sheep to Shawl Festival on April 30, 1:00 to 4:00 (rain or shine). The process of sheep shearing will be performed by a master shearer, using hand shears as was done in early America. The process of turning wool into cloth will continue with demonstrations of spinning and weaving.  Visitors may also watch the performance of 18th century farm tasks such as butter churning, soap making, “wash day,” and making the drink known as switchel. Children can enjoy various games and crafts. An herb sale and a bake sale will be conducted. Free refreshments will be served. Admission is $4 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary.

The Art of Shoemaking, 4/2/17, 2:00 to 4:00

Shoes have been a necessity of human life since prehistoric days.  In fact, the oldest surviving leather shoe is approximately 5,500 years old!  The first shoemakers arrived in America at Jamestown in 1610, and the trade began to thrive shortly afterwards.  The art of the shoemaker, or cordwainer, was a time-consuming handcraft, requiring an apprenticeship, long hours and specialized tools to produce high-quality shoes.  Ms. Ellen Hess will spotlight this craft, explaining the process as she demonstrates the work of the cordwainer in 18th century America. The program also features a display of vintage shoemaking artifacts.  Included are tours of the fully furnished farmhouse built in 1740.  Members of the cooking committee will also demonstrate authentic open hearth cooking, using early American recipes, colonial era cooking tools and seasonal foods.   Admission is $4.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. The program is appropriate for children.