Colonial Craft Day

Colonial Craft Day

Colonial Craft Day

This event put on by the Weston Historical Society is a fun and informative way to learn about early American life.

This event put on by the Weston Historical Society is a fun and informative way to learn about early American life.

On Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Weston Historical Society will present the fourth Colonial Craft Day on their museum campus, just north of the Weston Green on Route 100. Skills of the 18th and 19th centuries will be demonstrated, along with tools and machinery of the period.

Favorites from prior years will be on hand, beginning with master tinsmith David Claggett, whose colonial reproductions are on display in America’s finest museums. Cooper Glenn Lael will demonstrate the skills used in making barrels, and the 1890 Lane shingle-maker will show how it revolutionized its industry.

Apples were staples of the Vermont fall and winter menu, and their importance will be recognized by Sheridan Lloyd demonstrating a 19th century apple peeler; Hope Pinkerton will be pressing apples into cider. Bring your own apples and take a turn at pressing your own cider.

In the Farrar-Mansur House, textile artisans will be quilting, hooking a rug and contrasting contemporary and colonial spinning equipment. They will be joined by Ann McLaren showing her birch bark and spruce root containers from Native American and Russian traditions. Jonathan Bigelow will use traditional methods to hew beams from logs, George Ainley will explain his techniques for building fine Windsor chairs and Michael Mole will be crafting period latches, hinges and wooden toys. The grist mill will be grinding corn. Colonial Craft Day is always educational, always entertaining for the whole family.There is no admission charge, but voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.

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