Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Andersen Thorp—national award-winning art teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead—leads this hands-on exploration into some of the crafts, skills and activities of yesteryear. From churning butter and making soap to the basics of basket-making, participants will get a taste of the handiwork that was the center of life on a small 19th-century family farm.

     

  • Friday, June 30, 2017: 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    The annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction has become a much-anticipated arts happening in the Upper Valley. This year’s event will feature works by many fine artists from Strafford, the Upper Valley and beyond.

    House tours focusing on Justin Morrill’s art collection will be offered from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    A kitchen garden is much more than a place to grow food; it is a place to observe and relax, invite beauty and nature, and it all starts with good design. Award-winning food and garden writer Ellen Ecker Ogden will show you how to transform a vegetable garden into a unique European styled kitchen garden; an ornamental edible garden with an eye towards beauty, easy care and pleasure. Learn the tools to create an edible garden that is both productive and beautiful, turning “ordinary” into “extraordinary.”

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Selected as a “Top Ten 2017 Fall Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

    Come celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Bring the whole family to a harvest festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site. Features face-painting, live music by Out on a Limb and an apple pie contest with prizes that include gift certificates to popular local businesses. Meet live farm animals—the kind that Justin Morrill would have had on his small 19th-century farm. Make your own cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont Cheeses, Vermont ice cream and homemade apple pie. Play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Also includes gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs.

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