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.







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.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS





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

Are you a beekeeper, a person who wants to become a beekeeper or just someone who wants to learn about bees? You might want to join master beekeeper Warren Graham for this talk and up close visit with this fascinating insect. The hives at the Plantation have been established since the 1970s and they produce very tasty honey. There will be examples of top bar hives, log hives as well as a look at our active hives. There will also be a discussion on the importance of native bees and how these insects are still the major pollinators of Ridley Creek State Park. Limit 15 participants.


Tea Workshop

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 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.


Lock, Stock and Barrel Workshop

While many of us often get to see colonial period guns and related equipment, it is rare that we get to spend time focused on how they developed, how they were used, and the material culture that surrounded them. During the two hour workshop, we will present more than a dozen long arms (along with slides of others) the supporting equipment (powder horns, knives, axes, bags, and small items) along with descriptions of how the items were carried and used. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should be able to distinguish among the various types of long arms used during the period, be able to give a general history of the development and use of American long arms during the 200 years from 1620 - 1820, and to describe gun related items that might be carried by the farmers, hunters, and militia of that time. Limit 15 participants.


Mistress Pratt's Colonial Pockets (Pocket Making Workshop)

17th century ladies didn't carry handbags, or wear fanny packs or backpacks. So where did they stash their stuff? In their pockets, of course! However, women's colonial clothing doesn't have pockets attached the way we wear them today; only the boys had those. Colonial ladies' pockets were a separate article of clothing that they tied on as they got dressed, so they could reach them through the side slits in their petticoats. Plain pockets were usually worn out of sight, to safeguard the items they contained. Highly-decorated pockets were worn to show off the wealth and status of the wearer. Expensive fabrics, hand embroidery, and costly threads were all used to decorate the fancy pockets. Limit 12 participants.


Colonial Dyeing

Learn to dye silk and wool using n





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Gradyville, PA 19039

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Newtown Square, PA 19073

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