Calendar of Events
The Plantation is open most Saturdays and Sundays, April through November for public tours. A regular day might include a house tour, animal tour, and other activities. About once or twice a month, though, we have extra special events that visitors can enjoy. Those events are listed below. Admission is $10.00 ($6.00 for children ages 4-12) unless otherwise noted.
These are just our highlight events--"Friend" us on Facebook to see last-minute additions and seasonal activities!
March 28, 2020 OPENING DAY
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Join the Plantation volunteers as we open for the spring!
April 4-5, 2020 HISTORIC TIMELINE*
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Join the Plantation as we travel through history. Meet our earliest settlers, chat with members of the Revolutionary generation, time travel to the Civil War, First and Second World War, and more. If you've ever wanted to learn about living history in America, this is your chance! The Plantation house will also be open for tours and displays.
REENACTORS ONLY: Please register individuals or units with the Plantation staff by following THIS LINK
April 11, 2020 EASTER EGG HUNT*
Postponed until further notice--refunds will be issued for current ticket holders.
Doors will open at 10:30am, with entertainment, demonstrations and crafts for our visitors until the first hunt begins, as well as a chance to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Children 12 and under are welcome to search the fields of the farm to find eggs with treats and surprises in them. Three hunts, divided by age group, will begin at 11:00 (up to 3 years), 11:15 (4-7 years) and 11:30 (8-12 years). There will be a puppet show for young children following the hunts, as well as egg-related crafts and activities and even a meet and greet with some of Ridley Creek State Park’s native wildlife! Pre-registration is strongly recommended to guarantee your child’s spot and expedite entry onto the farm. Families are welcome to explore the historic house and see the farm animals after the egg hunts. Admission is $9.00 for adults and children ages 4 and up; members are $5.00. Ages 3 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a rain or shine event, and tickets are non-refundable; please bring your own baskets.
In order to ensure that every child has a chance to collect eggs in a safe and fun atmosphere, spaces in each hunt are limited--we do expect this event to sell out.
This event is made possible with support by:
May 10, 2020 SHEEP SHEARING AND FIBER FEST*
The Plantation is wild for wool, crazy for cotton, in love with linen, and smitten with silk! Join us for an exploration of the plant and animal fibers that clothed the colonial Pennsylvanians. Visitors to the farm can watch the shearing of our Hog Island and Leicester Longwool sheep, then learn how their wool is cleaned, spun and woven into fabric. See how we make a rainbow of colors from natural dyes, and how we can make cool, breezy linen clothes out of a scrubby field crop called flax. Explore the reasons why silk and cotton were equally luxurious and expensive fabrics in the eighteenth century—one from an insect, the other from a plant. Take a tour of our farmhouse, which for one day only will showcase 18th century reproduction clothing in every room. Check out our lacemakers and embroiderers to see how even the most modest clothing could have personal decorative elements.
May 16, 2020 FLEA AT THE FARM
The Plantation welcomes the Keystone Woodturners to demonstrate their master craft, and shop our mini flea market!
June 27, 2020 FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR REENACTMENT*
Be an eyewitness to history as the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation becomes the backdrop for scenes from the French and Indian War. It’s the French and British fighting for control of the frontier. Watch the local militia, led by a Rodger's Ranger, as they discover a French raiding party and engage in a skirmish. Visit the French and British campsites. Talk to the soldiers about their uniforms, weapons and strategy for fighting in the wilderness of the frontier. As you take in the action, remember that the French and Indian War determined not only the future of the Pennsylvania frontier but also events that put the loyal colonists on the path to revolution. There will also be demonstrations of hearth cooking, woodworking, and a display of colonial-era money.
July 4-5, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS*
Join us to celebrate the birth of our nation! We'll be burning King George in effigy, reading the Declaration of Independence, talking about how the flag was created. Enjoy kid's crafts, demonstrations and farm animal tours.
July 16, 2020 PAINT AND SIP AT SUNSET*
A truly historic painting event! This adult art class will feature teachers from Rockdale Art Center who, along with our own education staff, will show you how to craft paint using 18th century recipes and then create your own canvas masterpiece. This takes your typical wine and paint night to a new level!
July 18, 2020 COLORQUEST
Spend a colorful day with the family at our all-ages paint event! Explore the world of colonial colors with paints and dyes. We'll have painting crafts, the chance to dye your own ribbon, a giant fingerpainting wall and more. All materials will be kid-safe, but we recommend wearing clothes that you can get covered in paint!
September 6, 2020 BACK TO SCHOOL SCIENCE DAY*
Going back to school CAN be fun! Did you know that colonial people experimented with science every day? From making butter, to getting water from the well, to dyeing their clothes and mixing paint, every day was Science Day. Join us on the farm to conduct your own scientific experiments—dye a handkerchief using indigo and madder root; churn butter and discover how baking is like chemistry; create and use simple machines to perform chores, use a tape measure to calculate the weight of our oxen, and more!
September 19, 2020 HARVEST FEAST*
A very special limited-seating dinner event at the farm. More details to be announced soon.
September 26-27, 2020 CIVIL WAR BATTLE AND CAMP*
Visit the Plantation to witness firearm demonstrations, drills, and camp life. Watch cannon firing demonstrations by both the North and South, and learn about the use of herbs in the 1860s. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12:00pm and 4:00pm, with a special twilight battle at 6:30pm. Sunday’s battle will be at 2:00pm. Note: no visitors will be admitted to the Plantation after the battles have begun, so please arrive before the scheduled battle times.
October 3, 2020 SPIRITS AT SUNSET*
An adults-only paranormal hunt that takes visitors through our c. 1720 farmhouse, springhouse, and other outbuildings in a search for what goes bump in the night.
October 17 & 23, 2020 LANTERN GHOST TOURS*
Hear mysterious, horrifying and true history from the Delaware County area. Tours leave our visitor's center every 30 minutes and feature eight chilling tales.
November 7 & 14, 2020 PRESERVATION DAYS*
Learn how the colonial family averted starvation during the winter months by drying, smoking, sugaring, pickling and salting their food to preserve it in an era before refrigeration.
November 22, 2020 CLOSING DAY
*No passes, coupons, deals, library memberships, or reciprocal memberships will be accepted on Special Event Days.