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Justin Smith Morrill was a serious student of landscape design and an avid horticulturist.  His designs and plantings for the walkways and grounds around his home are in the best tradition of the mid-nineteenth century Romantic Landscape Movement in America. Morrill’s landscape plans draw from Victorian tastemaker and horticulturist Andrew Jackson Downing. His gardens were filled with new plants just being introduced to this country from Europe, Asia, and South America.  Come learn more about our famous Senator’s landscape design and horticultural interests. Please pre-register.

Suggested donation: $5.00

For more information or to register, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Green Mountain Timekeepers Society members will be in residence on the Chimney Point porch to keep time and talk with you about the history of your clocks and watches and how they can be repaired. Bring your old clocks and watches or photographs and learn more about your timepieces. Clock repair demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Be prepared to practice social distancing and wear facial masks. 

Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

In this two-hour watercolor workshop, we will emphasize painting the beautiful flowers blooming in the Morrill Homestead Gardens or in your own garden at home. The focus will be to follow in the tradition of observing and painting botanicals with lots of encouragement for embracing your own original style. This class is an introduction to a longer series. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $35. Please register by Sunday, July 25.

For additional information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call 802-765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

 

Campers (ages 12 to 17) will learn the basics of photography, video and audio recording, and digital editing while exploring the history of the Justin Morrill Homestead and Strafford Village. Join World Story Exchange teachers Scott and Lindsay McClure Miller for 7-days of creative learning. Campers will use drones, cameras, and audio recorders to create their own documentary stories. Each day will be a fun mixture of learning and practicing new skills while enjoying the outdoors.  The camp culminates with a screening of student documentaries.  Camera equipment and computers for editing are provided.

Dates: Mon-Thurs, August 2-5 & Mon-Wed, August 9-11

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Fee: $245 per camper

For more information or to register visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

In this series, on four consecutive Thursdays, we will work from life and explore the world of flowers. Using plants found on the grounds of the Morrill Homestead, we will study and explore nature up close. Some drawing instruction will be provided along with tips and practices in watercolor techniques. A suggested materials list provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

Dates: Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fee: $80

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

On this guided tour, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers. Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli is your guide from noon until 3:00 PM. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.  Included in regular museum admission ($5.00 adults/free under 15). 

Weather permitting the Suffrage Auto Tour with antique cars, touring weekends in August in the Lake Champlain region, comes to this area, to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the 19th amendment. A few automobiles will travel from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and arrive at Chimney Point about 12:30 Historic personages will be on hand to talk with people about the contributions and challenging lives of some of the early French and Vermont women here, and provide some show and tell. Try your hand at turning the crank for home-made ice cream; enjoy a sample while it lasts. This event will be held from noon until 3:00 PM. Funding provided by the Lake Champlain Heritage Partnership and the Lake Champlain Basin ProgramCall 802-759-2412 for details. 

 

On this 10th annual driving tour, Jim Rowe, president of the Crown Point Road Association, is your leader to look at the first leg of the 1776 Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. Meet at the Mount Independence museum with your own car at 10:00 AM. The tour will end at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton at 1:00 PM. Co-sponsored by Crown Point Road Association.

 

A walking tour of Strafford Village which remains much the same as in Morrill’s time. Tours include Morrill’s birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop, two libraries, the Strafford Town House, and the mausoleum where Morrill is buried.

Fee: Adults $6 (Children under 15 free)

For more information, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Join us for an educational and engaging hands-on afternoon with Justin Squizzero from the Burroughs Garret in Newbury, Vermont. Justin creates handspun, naturally-dyed, hand-woven textiles using methods and equipment from the 18th and 19th centuries. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of natural dyeing using plants, minerals, and insects. Participants will take home samples of dyed textiles.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $15

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Reenactors honor the 1776-1777 history of Mount Independence during this living history event.  The popular interactive Baldwin Trail Walkabout, from 10:30 to 1:30, features experts at trail stations bringing the site’s history to life. Military tacticals and camp life and skills demonstrations. The day ends at 5:00. Admission is $6.00.

Call (802) 948-2000 for details and to learn if additional activities will be scheduled for Sunday, September 5.

On this walk, Michael Caduto will share Colonial and Native American folklore and knowledge concerning the uses of wild plants for food, medicine, and materials, as well as identifying poisonous plants to avoid. We’ll taste some delectables in the field and sample a mystery wild treat.

Michael Caduto—well known as co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series—has written and taught extensively on herbalism and has studied the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. His other books include Native American Gardening and Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life.

Walk includes stories and the sampling of plants in the field, as well as a prepared wild edible. Pre-registration required.

Fee: Adults $15 (children under 15, free)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288,

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

 

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

Jess Robinson, Vermont State Archaeologist, will present an overview of the archaeological history of Vermont’s Connecticut River valley and adjacent areas from the arrival of its first Native inhabitants approximately 13,000 years ago through to their contact with Europeans. Jess will focus on newly studied sites and will also discuss what we do not yet know about this region’s Precontact past. Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce and pianist Sue Hunt perform music popular in rural Vermont in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The program includes numbers played by the Plymouth Old Time Dance Orchestra, which went on a national tour in 1926 culminating with a performance at the Coolidge White House.  Donation is suggested. This program is made possible by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. 

Join Prof. Frederick Wiseman in a discussion of three critical, but little known cultural periods of Vermont Indigenous history. Misunderstanding of these periods is a major obstacle in social, economic, and racial equity of the modern Abenaki communities. Wiseman will conclude with how Vermont Abenaki communities are getting to know their incredible and unique cultural-ecological-historical experience. The lecture will be accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show, artifact demonstrations, and music.

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4822.

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl teach traditional and modern techniques of atlatl and dart construction, flint knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl. Pre-registration required. Call 802-759-2412.  Fee of $70 includes instruction and materials. Workshop runs from noon to 5:00 PM. Vermont Archaeology Month event.

Taught by Sheri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply, this class is designed to get you ready to start your beekeeping journey. Sheri will begin with history and different types of Honey Bees. Then you’ll learn about the parts that make up a beehive and their functions. We’ll talk about the best place to put your hive, what the bees like to eat, and how they find & forage for food & water. Sheri will show you the process of installing a package of Bees vs a Nuc, including the pros & cons of each. You’ll learn about pest management, swarming, supersedure, and more! Pre-registration required.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon

Fee: $30

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

 

Participate in or watch this annual atlatl championship testing skills in accuracy and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Be prepared to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Vermont Archaeology Month event. Pre-registration required. 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Competitors $10, Visitors $5 (children under 15, free)

For more information or to register, call (802) 759-2412

 

A walking tour of Strafford Village which remains much the same as in Morrill’s time. Tours include Morrill’s birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop, two libraries, the Strafford Town House, and the mausoleum where Morrill is buried.

Fee: Adults $6 (Children under 15 free)

For more information, please visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Linda Radtke, producer of the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio, and pianist Cameron Steinmetz, present through songs and stories Vermonters’ efforts for total enfranchisement from 1840 to 1921.  Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau.

This presentation for gardeners includes honeybee history, current threats to pollinator populations, benefits of honeybees in your garden, and best choices for pollinator foraging. We will discuss chemical v.s. natural weed & pest control. Questions encouraged! Presentation by Sheri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply. Registration required. 

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $5

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

This is a program of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Make your own woven willow basket with expert guidance from Barry Keegan. You’ll use willow shoots and wands to weave and twine a round base, and sharpened spokes and twined willow shoots to form the basket walls. The final basket will be about 10 inches tall. All materials provided. Enjoy a relaxing day on the lake as you learn and create. The workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The fee is $60. Pre-registration and payment are required, call (802) 759-2412. Vermont Archaeology Month event. 

Using drum, flute, rattle, and vocals, father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will share Abenaki stories for the whole family. Pre-registration required.

Suggested donation: $5

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288.

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Father and son author and educator, Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna, with special emphasis on the years of the Vermont Eugenics project and the long struggle for government recognition. Pre-registration required. 

Fee: $5 (in person or via Zoom)

For more information or to register, visit morrillhomestead.org, or call (802) 765-4288,

Presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

A celebration of the harvest, with special attention to the apple! The day begins at 10:00 AM with the third annual Coolidge 5K Race (and “I do not choose to run” one-mile walk) organized by the Coolidge Foundation.  Rob Mermin presents Silents Are Golden: A Celebration of Silent Cinema at 1:30 (sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau). Activities for the entire family including cider pressing, historic farming demonstrations, and traditional crafts, will continue until 4:00 PM.

Lyric mezzo Ellen Nordstrom and pianist Abigail Charbeneau reprise their roles as the “Mairzy Doats Duo,” taking a retrospective look at the Roaring Twenties.  Appearing in period outfits and with props, they present Ain’t Misbehavin’, My Blue Heaven, Yes! We Have No Bananas, and other perennial favorites.  Donation is suggested. This program is made possible by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.