Weston puts on 5th annual Colonial Craft Day

WESTON, Vt. – On Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Weston Historical Society will present the Colonial Craft Day on its museum campus, just north of the Weston Green on Route 100. Skills of the 18th and 19th centuries will be demonstrated, and tools and machinery of the period will be in operation and on display.

Favorites from prior years will be on hand, beginning with Master Tinsmith David Claggett. His colonial reproductions are on display in America’s finest museums. Cooper Glenn Lael will demonstrate the skills used in making barrels, and the 18th century methods of peeling apples and pressing them into cider always attracts a crowd. Bring your own apples and take a turn at pressing your own cider.

Glen Lael demonstrates the skills of cooperage at Colonial Craft Day. Photo provided.

In the Farrar-Mansur House, the museum’s new exhibits will be on display: the restored oil portrait of Weston resident Prudence Jewett Richardson and the reproduction of the dress worn by a Weston resident at the inaugural ball of President Franklin Pierce, depicted upstairs in a mural of Weston’s first Old Home day by WPA artist Roy Williams. New to Craft Day, Donna Faturos will demonstrate period lacemaking techniques, and Barb and Tim Bouton will make corn dolls.

At the Mill Museum, Weston’s famous Grist Mill will be grinding corn, the hit-and-miss engine will be puffing away and the operation of the Lane Shingle Maker will be explained. Michael Mole will demonstrate his woodcraft talents, including the crafting of wooden latches used in the 18th and 19th centuries, and his model showing the methods of post-and-beam architecture will be on display.

Don’t miss David Claggett’s exquisite restored tinker’s wagon, housed in the mill. It might be our last opportunity to present this remarkable piece of Americana.

Maya Drummond and Garry Sharon will provide some “old time” fiddle music through the lunch hour.

Colonial Craft Day is always educational, always entertaining for the whole family. Please join us. There is no admission charge; voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.


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