Workshops






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 or by registering at the ticket link provided.



We are working on a roster of 2019 Winter Workshops now. Please check back for future dates and information!



2018 Workshop Schedule


Saturday, January 6, 2018 Beginner Spinning Workshop

Spinning fibers into yarn is an ancient craft that once permeated daily life.
While it can appear magical, it is a magic that almost anyone, from children to the elderly, can master, starting with the drop spindle. Come to the Plantation on January 6th from 9:30am-12pm and learn this magical craft using Plantation wool and a drop spindle THAT YOU WILL TAKE HOME WITH YOU! We will start out with the park-and-draft method of learning and everyone will be able to progress at their own pace. There will also be a few different kinds of spinning wheels and other fibers that people will be able to try out and experiment with when they feel comfortable. Workshop is limited to ten participants; ages 12 and up only. Workshop fee is $30.00 for non-members; members with valid 2018 calendar-year membership are $25.00 each. Class is taught by Plantation educator Eva Mergen.

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held indoors, but dress in warm, comfortable layers. Fingerless gloves recommended. Snow date will be the following Saturday, January 13th!

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 Beginner Basket Weaving SOLD OUT

Baskets are beautiful as well as functional! They were also an integral part of historic life. Come to the Plantation from 9:30-12:00 on January 27th to learn the basics of basket weaving. We will be making a simple small round basket perfect for a counter top or bookcase. Ages 12 and up please. Member fee is $25.00, $30.00 for non-members. Check out our website at www.colonialplantation.org to view membership levels and benefits throughout the year! Class is taught by Plantation educator Eva Mergen.

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held indoors, but dress in warm, comfortable layers. Fingerless gloves recommended. Snow date will be the following Saturday, February 3rd.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 Beginner Embroidery Workshop

People have always loved to decorate themselves and their surroundings. During colonial times, in order to have leaves embroidered on your gown or flowers embroidered on your armchair, each stitch had to be done by hand. The time required to do this meant that these were treasured items. But even in a world of readily available machine-embroidered goods a hand embroidered item can still be a treasure! Come to the Plantation on February 24th from 9:30-12:00 to learn the basics of an embroidery technique called crewel work. We will practice some basic stitches on scrap fabric and then start on a piece that you will take home to finish that could be turned into a pincushion, a needle case, or something else of your own creation. Ages 12 and up please. Member fee is $25.00, $30.00 for non-members. Check out our website at www.colonialplantation.org to view membership levels and benefits throughout the year!

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held indoors, but dress in warm, comfortable layers. Fingerless gloves recommended. Snow date will be the following Saturday, March 3rd.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 Beginner Blacksmithing Workshop

Blacksmithing skills were required to run any farm of size, and still are! Join us from 9:30am to 12:30pm for a 'farmers class' in blacksmithing where you will learn the basics of blacksmithing and understand the role of blacksmithing on an 18th century farm. The workshop will cover safety at the forge, how to start a fire and work the blower, where the fuel and iron came from in the 18th century, how to heat metal and use the color to determine when the metal is ready to be forged, and practice the basic techniques on working with metal. Each student will spend some time using hammer, anvil, and bench vice to make an "S" hook or a "turn screw" to take home with them at the conclusion of the class. Bring leather gloves.

Limit 6 participants. Ages 14 and up please. Member fee is $25.00, $30.00 for non-members. Check out our website at www.colonialplantation.org to view membership levels and benefits throughout the year!

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held outdoors; dress in warm, comfortable layers.

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March 24, 2018 Pattern Draping Demonstration

Commercial clothing patterns were not available until the mid 19th century. Prior to that ​garments​ were custom made for individuals. One way of achieving this was a method referred to as "draping," in which scrap fabric, or more commonly the lining fabric, was pinned onto the individual using their undergarments and then cut into the desired shape. Those pieces were then used as the pattern for the outer fabric. Come out to the Plantation from 10:00am to 12:00pm and watch as we drape a lovely new robe a l'anglaise for one of our staff members​. Please note, this is not a workshop. Attendees will not be draping their own garments. However, Eva Mergen will be demonstrating and discussing all steps in the process and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

Ages 12 and up please. Member fee is $6.00, $10.00 for non-members. Check out our website at www.colonialplantation.org to view membership levels and benefits throughout the year!

Demonstration will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Session will be held indoors, but please dress in warm, comfortable layers.

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May 12, 2018 Natural Dyes Workshop

Mauve, the first synthetic fabric dye, was invented by accident in 1856. Before that, all color in clothing and fabric came from natural sources - mainly roots, bark, leaves, flowers, minerals, and insects. Come and learn about the history and usage of two of the most renowned dyes in the 18th century, cochineal and indigo. Cochineal is an insect that lives in very small regions of the world. It produces some of the strongest, most color-fast shades of pink and red and has a complicated and storied history. The indigo plant has been used for over 6,000 years to produce beautiful shades of blue through a complex and magical chemical process. The two dyes can be combined to produce shades of purple. Participants will learn how to prepare the dye pot as well as how to prepare the fibers for dyeing. Each person will take home samples of yarn and fabric dyed in various shades as well as detailed instructions and a list of resources to continue experimenting with natural dyeing at home.

This workshop takes place from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Ages 12 and up only. Maximum of 10 participants allowed, so this class will fill up quickly! Member fee is $30.00, $35.00 for non-members.

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held under cover but outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.

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Visitors have enjoyed these workshops in the past:



Colonial Dairy Workshop

During the 18th century, rural farms became increasingly important to the economic development of the independent American nation. This workshop explores the importance of farms in the area to the south and west of Philadelphia in this transformation. The workshop will show the development of farms in the region and how the farms contributed to the changing role of women in the Colonial and post-Colonial period. There will be a discussion on the contribution of dairy products, a tour of the barn and a milking demonstration. Participants will be able to learn how to make butter and cheese. Limit 12 participants.


Blacksmith Workshop

Do you want to become a blacksmith apprentice? Learn the basics of blacksmithing? The workshop will cover safety at the forge, how to start a fire and work the blower, how to heat metal and basic techniques on working with metal. Students will make an "S" hook by the conclusion of the class. Bring leather gloves. Limit 6 participants.


Beekeeping Workshop

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Gradyville, PA 19039

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Newtown Square, PA 19073

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