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Our annual Thanksgiving celebration early American style

Thanksgiving is Here!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
972 Main St. (Rte. 17) in South Glastonbury

Come join us to enjoy “The One Day Above All Others: A New England Thanksgiving”

Where: Welles-Shipman-Ward House
972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Cost: $5 per person, free to members of the Historical Society of Glastonbury

For the people of colonial New England, the most exciting holiday of the year was Thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated the harvest, their blessings, and renewed family ties and friendships. Just as today, families traveled from afar to join together on this special day and people spent many hours and days in preparation for reunions and feasting. And, just as today, a focal part of the celebration was a great Thanksgiving meal!
At a typical Glastonbury home, one would find people eating a small turkey and chicken pie (beef and pork would not be on the table since the weather was still too warm to preserve butchered cows and pigs). Many pies would grace the table: mince, squash, cranberry, and a favorite, Marlborough pudding. There would be vegetables, fruits, cheeses and breads, and the meal would be ended by a variety of sweets.
Come join us in the celebration! Tour our beautiful 1755 house, the barns and the property. Our colonial cook, Lin and her assistants will be preparing several dishes in the fireplace. Sample chicken pie, cranberry pie and the tasty Marlborough pudding – a lemon custard with apples. We look forward to your visit!

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Download a copy of the Marlborough pudding "receipt" and the Puff Pastry for Filled Turnovers "receipt"and enjoy this delicious pudding at your Thanksgiving dinner! 
Cooking demonstration in a fire pit at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
Marlborough Pudding, a delicacy in early American times
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