Workshops are designed to give the participant a hands on experience in an historic craft or chore. Workshops also include admission to the farm for the day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the office at (610) 566-1725.
Hearth Cooking Workshop
Ever wonder what it was like to cook in colonial times? Join us for the day in a hands-on workshop that will take you from morning to evening in the kitchen of a restored colonial farmhouse! Our expert cook, Mercy, will compile a menu which will include soup, bread and cheese for lunch. You will assist throughout the process of making lunch and a more formal dinner for a 4pm meal. Limit to 14 participants. Cost is $40.00 per person ($35.00 for members & volunteers - Instructor: Mercy Ingraham) Date: September 15th (10:00am - 4:00pm)
Join in the fun creating redware slip tiles with Nicole Dubrow, master potter & tile maker, using tools and materials in the Pennsylvania tradition. Participants are invited to try their hand at sgraffito incised line drawing to “reveal the earth color”. Workshop includes tools, Qty (2) prepared 4”x4” tiles, clay colors, carbon images of the colonial plantation flora, fauna, as well as a smile with each step-by-step instruction. Personal images welcome! Additional tiles will be available $12 each. Bring a brown bag lunch to top the morning celebrating new friendships as well as our great accent tiles! Cookies & beverages provided. Everyone will be contacted when the work is ready for pick-up at the Plantation. Limit to 12 participants. Cost is $47.00 per person -$42.00 for members & volunteers, Instructor: Nicole Dubrow) Date: July 21st (10:00am - 12:00pm). Registration deadline is July 18th.
Weaving on a Cardboard Box Loom Workshop
This workshop is for everyone who would like to learn how to weave using inexpensive and “found” materials. We will help you make a mug rug in class, using a cardboard box loom! The loom and yarn needed for this project will be provided, plus instructions for other items that can be woven using the same materials. Weaving doesn’t have to be expensive; let us show you how easy it is to create beautiful textiles at very low cost. Cost is $15.00 per person. The cost for members and volunteers is $10.00. Limit 10 participants. Date: to be announced (1:00 - 2:30)
Welcome Tea Lovers. Whether your favorite tea is black, green or herbal (berries & nuts included in herbal) there will be a great selection of hot teas to taste. The workshop will start with a brief “History of Tea,” followed by the good stuff as each person will concoct their own special tea blend(s), (tea bags included), that they will take home to enjoy with family and friends. There will be handouts with information on each herb that we will be using. In Colonial times (the same goes for today) a number of herbs had medicinal properties. Please note that only a few of the herbs that we have are NOT recommended for pregnant women and they will be marked. Limit 15 participants. Cost is $22.00 per person. The cost for members and volunteers is $17.00. Instructor - Sue Sydney. Date: May 19 (2:00 -4:00).
Candle Making Workshop
Participants in this workshop will identify the sources of light during the 18th century, recognize various candle materials, and of course make a candle. This is a 2 hour workshop. Cost is $15.00 per person. Limit 15 participants. The cost for members and volunteers is $10.00. (instructor -Olivia Smith) Date: May 12 (11am-2pm).
Soap Making Workshop
Participants in this workshop will experience the process of making soap for home use using historic materials and processes. The course will cover the process of making lye with ashes, the rendering of fat for the base, and then mixing and forming the soap. Additionally, we will discuss making soap with modern materials and the "cold water method" to encourage participants to pursue the art of soap making on their own at home. All participants should bring a pair of rubber kitchen gloves. Cost is $25.00 per person, $20.00 to Members and Volunteers. (instructor - Zack Langley) Date: November 3rd. (11:00- 1:00).
Historic Conversations . . .
a series of talks and discussions on topics of historic interest
One of the goals of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is to encourage study of the rich historical heritage that abounds in southeastern Pennsylvania. Although the Plantation is dedicated to the world of the 18th century, there is much to discover prior to and after our time period. With this in mind, we have begun a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and hands on activities on topics not necessarily of the colonial period but all are of historic interest and presented by various experts in southeastern Pennsylvania history. Attendance at the Historic Conversations is free with admission to the Plantation.
August 1st - Andrew Miller and the Revolutionary War Scout
August 8th -Story Time (for younger children) and candle light tour of house @ 8:30
August 15th - Delaware County 100 Years Ago Through Postcards
August 22nd - -Story Time (for younger children) and candle light tour of house @ 7:45 - Closing at 8:15.
August 29th -Candlelight tours of the House- Closing at 8:00
Refunds are available for weekend workshops with more than 14 days’ notice before the workshop date with a 15% processing fee. With less than 14 days’ notice, we allow the same refund only if there is someone on a waitlist to take your place.