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.
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March 28, 2020 OPENING DAY
Join the Plantation volunteers as we open for the spring!
April 4-5, 2020 HISTORIC TIMELINE*
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*
Doors will open at 10:15am, with entertainment, demonstrations and crafts for our visitors until the first hunt begins. 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 (1-4 years), 11:15 (5-8 years) and 11:30 (9-12 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. Ages 3 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Ticket information will be posted soon!
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
June 27, 2020 FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR REENACTMENT*
July 4-5, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS*
July 16, 2020 PAINT AND SIP AT SUNSET*
July 18, 2020 SUMMER FUN DAY*
September 6, 2020 BACK TO SCHOOL SCIENCE DAY*
September 19, 2020 HARVEST FEAST*
September 26-27, 2020 CIVIL WAR BATTLE AND CAMP*
October 3, 2020 SPIRITS AT SUNSET*
October 17 & 23, 2020 LANTERN GHOST TOURS*
November 7 & 14, 2020 PRESERVATION DAYS*
November 22, 2020 CLOSING DAY
*No passes, coupons, deals, library memberships, or reciprocal memberships will be accepted on Special Event Days.