At The Museum: June 1-7

JUNE 1 – 7 :  HAYING IN IRELAND

Mowing with a scythe was the preferred method of harvesting hay

Mowing with a scythe was hard work

What do you do if you don’t have a lawnmower?  Well, you could let it grow tall and harvest it to make hay, which you could store in your barn to feed your livestock during the winter.  “Haying” or “mowing with a scythe” was a big job in the 18th & 19th centuries, requiring many hands from the region.  Workers came from all over and were usually rewarded with a large meal at the end of the mowing.

Come out to Irish Farm this week and try your hand at mowing with a scythe (sorry – meal not included)

New News!  The Mount Tabor log Church exhibit will officially open this Sunday at 9:00am.  After more than 2 years of work disassembling, transporting, repairing, and rebuilding, this mid-19th century structure is now ready to open for Museum visitation!

The back wall of Mt Tabor Church nearing completion

The back wall of Mt Tabor Church nearing completion

Highlighted Activities Throughout The Week

Old World

  • 1700’s West African Farm: Garden work & foodways during the week
  • 1600’s English Farm: Garden work and house chores
  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Haying, spinning, and weaving
  • 1700’s German Farm: Fieldwork, Foodways, and spinning
  • 1700′ s Irish Forge:  Work continues on the horse cart; Other products underway include work on an iron shod wooden spade, and andirons

America

  • 1700’s Ganatastwi:  Native American Games throughout the week
  • 1740’s American Farm: Woodworking
  • 1820’s American Farm:  Woodworking and music
  • 1850’s American Farm: Garden work and games
  • Early American School HouseOpen to view
  • Mount Tabor Log Church: New exhibit will open on Sunday, June 7
Ready to mow!

Ready to mow!

Scheduled Activities

Monday (May 25)

  • 1700’s German Farm: Spinning (2:00-4:00)
Weaving in Ireland

Weaving in Ireland

Tuesday (May 26)

  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Grinding oats (10:00-12:00); Weaving (2:00-4:00)

Wednesday (May 27)

  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Haying (2:00-4:00)

Thursday (May 28)

  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Haying (10:00-12:00); Spinning (2:00-4:00)
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Music on the 1820s American Farm

Friday (May 29)

  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Haying (10:00-12:00); Spinning (2:00-4:00)
  • 1600’s English Farm: Foodways (10:00-2:00); Cleaning (2:00-4:00)
  • 1820’s American Farm:  Music throughout the day

Saturday (May 30)

  • 1700’s Irish Farm: Haying (10:00-12:00); Weaving (2:00-4:00)
  • 1600’s English Farm: Baking (10:00-2:00); Washing dishes (2:00-4:00)
  • 1820’s American Farm:  Music throughout the day
Finishing touches on the new Mt Tabor Log Church exhibit

Finishing touches on the new Mt Tabor Log Church exhibit

Sunday (May 31)

  • Mount Tabor Log Church:  NEW EXHIBIT is open for viewing (9:00 -5:00)
  • 1600’s English Farm: Foodways (10:00-2:00); Cart work (2:00-5:00)
  • 1740’s American Farm: Haying (10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00)

 

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