WESTON, Vt. – “Return with us to those glorious days of yesteryear.” There was plenty of hardship and hard work, but also lots of Yankee ingenuity as our colonial forbears succeeded in carving out a meaningful life in the forests and fields of New England during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Craft Day is a tribute to their industry and their skills.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Weston Historical Society will present their seventh 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, and tools and machinery of the period will be in operation and on display.
Favorites from prior years will be on hand, beginning with Cooper Glenn Lael, who 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.
Weston’s Farrar-Mansur House Museum, an historic homestead and tavern dating from 1797, will be open for tours, including the remarkable exhibit on Vermont’s sharpshooters in the Civil War, new in 2019.
Lace-maker Donna Faturos will again be demonstrating and explaining her skill, while Deb Lyneis will show how to make braided rugs, and Carrie Chalmers will exhibit spinning techniques.
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 revolutionary Lane Shingle Maker will be explained.
Featured will be two historic pieces of rolling stock: the 1886 wagon used by the Weston Cornet Band for 50 years and an authentic 18th-century tinker’s wagon. Maya Drummond and Garry Sharon will provide some “old time” fiddle music.
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.