Guest Oxen

October 2nd and 3rd, 2021

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. Standard daytime admission is $28 for adults, $14 for youth (4-17), and $26 for seniors (55+).

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Fall was and is a special time in New England! On October 2nd and 3rd, celebrate the harvest and New England autumn by enjoying the brilliant fall foliage, tasting heirloom apple varieties (subject to change), meeting a couple of teams of oxen, and learning about how early 19th-century New Englanders preserved the harvest.

Ag Fair

In early 19th-century rural New England, Agricultural Societies would often hold a cattle show in the fall. Many shows also included an Exhibition of Domestic Manufacture. On this weekend, we will create such a display.  Please stop by the Center Meetinghouse to see an exhibition of vegetables, fruit, butter, cheese, and items of home manufacture such as handwoven cotton and woolen fabrics, knitted stockings and shawls, and fancy work.  Village manufactured items such as shoes, tin, pottery, brooms, baskets, straw braid, and books will also be on display.


Heirloom Apples in a bowl


Did you know that the most common fruit on 19th-century New England farms was the apple? Many farms had orchards containing 100-300 trees! Most of the apple harvest was either dried for cooking or turned into hard cider. Farm families made an average of 10 barrels of cider per household each fall. Of course, the apples grown and consumed in the early 19th century are quite different from the ones you will find at the grocery store today. Varieties included Winter Banana, Porter, Blue Pearmain, Hagloe Crab, Granniwinkle, and Red Streak.

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