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A Step Back in Time: A Journey to a Day in Colonial Living
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Where: Welles-Shipman-Ward House
972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT
When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person; Historical Society of Glastonbury members free
No need to travel all the way to Williamsburg to experience early America. The Historical Society of Glastonbury is always bringing history back to life right here in Connecticut. On Sunday, May 6th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, “step back in time” to experience colonial living.
Like most of us today, the colonial men, women and children of “Glassenbury” spent most of their days working. Watch as colonial reenactors demonstrate daily colonial chores of tending to the kitchen and herb gardens, food preparation, cooking over the hearth, and weaving on our 300-year-old loom. Throughout the house you’ll find more reenactors at work sewing, embroidering, cross stitching and more. Experience how people lived and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life 200 years ago.
Children are encouraged to participate. Let the “young ones” try carding wool, making their own colonial choker, participating in crafts and help turning the soil and planting seeds. They’ll even get a kale plant to take home to nurture and grow. Mrs. Jerusha Welles will be cooking in the fireplace, one of the largest colonial fireplaces in Connecticut, using vegetables from last year’s crops for a delicious spring soup. Samples will be available.
Glastonbury Partners in Planting will be preparing the kitchen garden, which was used to provide food for the family throughout the year. Learn about common crops such as “The Three Sisters.” Bring your gardening gloves and have fun! This is a great opportunity for children to learn about gardening. In the backdoor herb garden, members of the Glastonbury Garden Club will be on hand to answer your questions on the different plants and herbs grown in colonial times which are still grown today.
More excitement awaits on the rest of the beautiful property. Tour the barns and see the farm equipment. Glassenbury was also known for its shipbuilding and had ropewalks for making the many ropes that were needed for this industry. Make some rope yourself! Other demonstrations include Native American technologies of flint knapping and spear throwing using a prehistoric atlatl. Try your hand at using an atlatl to spear a target.
Spend an afternoon with the Historical Society of Glastonbury taking in demonstrations and joining in the work. Enjoy the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755 and learn the history of skills and technologies that our not so distant ancestors used on a daily basis.
$5 admission per person includes demonstrations, entrance to the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, property, barns and shed. No admission required for Historical Society of Glastonbury members. Please check the website or our Facebook page for more information and the most current updates on this event.