2015 WEEKEND 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.
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, (tea bags included), 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. Cost is $20.00 per person ($10.00 for members & volunteers). Instructor - Sue Sydney. Date: May 9th (1:00pm - 3:30pm).
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. Join us on May 9th, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 1:00PM as we present the Lock, Stock, and Barrel Workshop - A presentation of the weapons and accoutrements used for hunting and defense in Pennsylvania from 1620 - 1820. 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. Cost is $20.00 per person ($10.00 for members & volunteers). Instructor - Bruce Snyder and Chris Reardon. Date: May 9th (12:30pm - 2:30pm).
Do you want to become a blacksmith apprentice? Learn the basics of blacksmith? 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. Cost is $25.00 per person ($15.00 for members). Instructor – Ben Rohrbeck. Date: April 19 (12:30pm – 2:30pm).
Historic Conversations . . .
a series of talks and discussions on topics of historic interest
One of the goals of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is to encourage study of the rich historical heritage that abounds in southeastern Pennsylvania. Although the Plantation is dedicated to the world of the 18th century, there is much to discover prior to and after our time period. With this in mind, we have begun a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and hands on activities on topics not necessarily of the colonial period but all are of historic interest and presented by various experts in southeastern Pennsylvania history. Attendance at the Historic Conversations is free with admission to the Plantation.
July 4 and 5, 2014 at 2:00
- Andrew Miller. Topic: American Revolution in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Refunds are available for weekend workshops with more than 14 days’ notice before the workshop date with a 15% processing fee. With less than 14 days’ notice, we allow the same refund only if there is someone on a waitlist to take your place.
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