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.

2019 Workshop Schedule

JUNE (date TBA)
Floor Cloth Painting Workshop

In the 18th century, floorcloths were an affordable and effective way to brighten and decorate any room. Typically made of heavy canvas, floorcloths were painted in sometimes complicated patterns mimicking parquet flooring, tile and marble. Though the invention of linoleum nearly spelled the death of the floorcloth, it has lately made a comeback as a way to make the home feel much more individual. Participants can begin designing and painting their own floorcloths in this take-home workshop experience. More details to be announced soon!

Broom Making Workshop

One of the most difficult tasks for the 18th century farmwife was keeping the house clean. In this workshop, participants can make their own colonial brooms made from broom corn grown and harvested by our Plantation staff.

Past Workshops

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Intro to Ox Driving Workshop

250 years ago, oxen were the backbone of many farms in Colonial America as they slowly--but powerfully--served as our ancestors' heavy lifters. Today, oxen are a rare sight, an unfortunate victim of modernization. During this three-hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to step back in time and rediscover the world of oxen. Topics to be covered include daily care, grooming, yoking, commands, and basic driving. We will go at a pace that is comfortable to all. To maximize hands-on participation, this workshop is limited to 4 participants. Ages 18 and up only.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Beginner Whole-Cloth Quilting Workshop

When we think of quilting we tend to think of the piecework quilts common to the 19th and 20th centuries, but in the 18th century whole-cloth quilting was a common technique used particularly for cold weather clothing. In this class you will learn basic quilting techniques and will use common 18th century materials to create a potholder or trivet. You will also have a chance to see examples of reproduction quilted clothing as well as photographs of original 18th century quilted clothing.

Workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation. In the case of exceptionally cold or inclement weather, workshop may be moved to the Ridley Creek State Park mansion building nearby.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Beginner Basketweaving Workshop

Baskets are beautiful as well as functional. They were also an integral part of historic life. Join us on February 9th to learn the basics of basket weaving. We will craft a simple small square basket perfect for a counter top or bookcase. (If you attended our beginner basket weaving class last winter, but want to attend again this year, we will be doing a different project and learning some different techniques.) Ages 12 and older; limit 10 participants.

The picture in this listing was the basket we made in last year's workshop; this year's will be square.

Class will be held at the Colonial Plantation. In the case of inclement or bitterly cold weather, class may be moved to the nearby Ridley Creek State Park Mansion building.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Fiber Rush Stool Workshop

Rush weaving has been widely used on simpler pieces of furniture since at least the 17th century. Originally the materials used were dried rushes, a kind of marshland plant. These days, twisted fiber rush made from paper is the material of choice. We will be using fiber rush to weave a top for a small premade footstool, similar to the antique one pictured here. Participants will be able to take the stool home with them.

Workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; in the case of inclement or bitterly cold weather, class might be moved to the Ridley Creek State Park Mansion nearby.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Block Printing Workshop

In the 18th century printed cottons from India were shipped all across the British empire. Indian artisans used hand-carved wooden blocks to achieve everything from simple and elegant designs to breathtakingly complex patterns. These fabrics were used to make clothing, housewares, and even wallpaper in more recent times.

In this class, participants will be use a variety of modern wooden blocks to print with acrylic paint on a cotton scarf. Wear the scarf, hang it as a decorative piece, or use it as a table runner--the choice is yours! Examples of antique wooden blocks and examples of block printed fabrics will be available for examination.

The fees for this class are $30.00 for members, $35.00 for nonmembers, and include the scarf to take home with you. Participation is limited to ten people, ages 10+ only.


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