Workshops

At Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead we offer workshops in a wide variety of historic skills.  Learning historic skills gives us the chance to connect with people in the past, connect with how things are made, and connect with our own ability to create.  Many of our workshops are geared toward beginners. In those workshops we create a supportive space for people to try new things and maybe find a fun new hobby.

We offer workshops in a wide variety of skills including things like spinning, ox driving, stenciling, broom making, block printing, and many more.  So, if you don’t see something that piques your interest, sign up to receive our emails and be notified when new workshops are listed.  Or better yet, become a member and get the chance to sign up before registration opens to the general public.
Workshops also include admission to the farm for the day when the site is open to the public. Reservations are required for all workshops.

Bookbinding

Led by Ramon Townsend of The Colonial Bindery, participants will make and take home a blank book created using the methods employed over many centuries. All materials and tools provided. Townsend studied traditional bookbinding methods and other historic arts at Colonial Williamsburg's book bindery.

 
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Saturday, July 27th
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Ink Drawing

Local artist and instructor, Veronica Batter, will guide you through the experience of creating your vision of our 18th century working farm using various inks made at the farm, including black walnut ink. Try your hand at drawing with a quill pen or brush. Some drawing experience is helpful but not necessary.  All supplies will be provided. 

 
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Saturday, September 21st
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Blacksmithing

Join this beginners workshop focused on blacksmithing in the 18th century. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and should bring leather work gloves and safety glasses.

 
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Saturday, October 5th
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hearth Cooking: Fall Feast

Experience how families prepared food in the 18th century with an emphasis on seasonality by preparing a fall feast in the colonial kitchen. Participants will prepare an 18th century meal and taste what they’ve created.

 
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Saturday, October 5th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Soap Making

Learn about the soap making process used for laundry in the 18th century, including making lye using a lye barrel. Participants will make their own soap to take home. This workshop will be held outside, and we ask participants to dress comfortably for the weather.

 
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Sunday, November 10th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead

PO Box 158
Gradyville, PA, 19039, US

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