Senator Justin Morrill

Fiber-Dyeing Using Natural Materials

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 century. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of natural dyeing using plants, minerals, and insects. Participants will take home samples of dyed textiles. Workshop fee: $15

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Walking Tour: Justin Morrill's Strafford

Walking tour of the village where Sen. Justin Morrill grew up and maintained a home. Fee $6 (free for children under 15).

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Wild Edible, Medicinal & Poisonous Plants

Do you know which wild plant has sap containing salicylic acid (aspirin) or why apple seeds contain a touch of cyanide? Would you like to learn which native plants exude sap that can cure warts, or treat poison ivy? Join Michael Caduto, author of the Keepers of the Earth series, for this 1 ½ hour walk. Fee: $15 adults, $5 under 15. For more information or to register contact: director@morrillhomestead.org  Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. 

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Continuing Painting Botanicals Workshops (Adult)

In this Tuesday evening series we will continue to work from life and explore the world of flowers. Using plants found on the grounds of the Morrill Homestead, we will study nature up close. Some drawing instruction will be provided, along with tips and practices in watercolor techniques. Instructor Jennifer Brown is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H. Classes run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Fee for series: $80.

A suggested materials list provided upon registration. For more information or to register contact: director@morrillhomestead.org  Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Photo & Video Story Camp

This one-week photo and video camp will be led by World Story Exchange teachers, Lindsay and Scott McClure Miller. Campers ages 12 to 16 will create photographs and documentary stories from start-to-finish using a variety of media tools and technology while exploring the history of the Justin Morrill State Historic Site and the village of Strafford. The camp day runs from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Fee: $150 for the week. Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm

Gardens for Our Bees and Other Pollinators

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 vs. natural weed & pest control. Questions encouraged! Presentation by Sheri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply. Admission fee: $5  Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Fiber-Dyeing Using Natural Materials

An educational and engaging hands-on workshop 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 century. Participants will learn the basics of natural dyeing using plants, minerals, and insects and will take home samples of dyed textiles. Workshop fee: $15.00

For more information or to register contact: director@morrillhomestead.org  Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Put the Garden to Bed

Assist the site’s head gardener in preparing the kitchen and ornamental garden beds for the winter and the next growing season. Earn all Master Gardener outreach hours with us. All are welcome. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival

A Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Top 10 Fall Event!” Make your own cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont Cheeses, Vermont ice cream. Enjoy a lunch of homemade chili and apple pie. Soak in the beauty of autumn at Morrill’s remarkable Gothic Revival-style farmstead. Hear live music, play period games and meet farm animals. For more information contact: director@morrillhomestead.org.

Cost: $10 ADULT, $5 UNDER 15 (INCLUDES LUNCH)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Fiddleheads, Lamb’s Quarters, Nettles & Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal & Poisonous Plants

Do you know which wild plant has sap containing salicylic acid (aspirin) or why apple seeds contain a touch of cyanide? Would you like to learn which native plants exude sap that can cure warts, or treat poison ivy? Join Michael Caduto, author of the Keepers of the Earth series for this 1 ½ hour walk. For more information or to register contact: director@morrillhomestead.org.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.

Cost: Adults - $15.00  
        Under 15 - $5.00             

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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