Family Days at the Heritage Farm
for all ages 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Free to the public. No reservations are required.
Saturday, June 3 - Fibers and Fabric (Repeated Friday the 16th)
Spend the day learning from the Frugal Farmwife. Life on the farm involved raising sheep, cotton, and flax to make clothing and other fabric items needed on the farm such as bedcovers, sacks, etc. This program has visitors involved hands on in harvesting, preparing, spinning, weaving and sewing. (Repeated Friday, June 16th)
Saturday, July 8 - Keeping Cool! (Repeated Friday, July 21st)
The Frugal Farmwife makes a very special occasion! This day follows the theme of an old fashioned picnic, complete with fun—watermelon spitting contest, making ice cream, water relays and more.
Saturday, August 12 - A Late Summer Day on the Farm (Repeated Friday August 18th)
Late summer was the time to start putting up the harvest and preparing for the coming winter. We’ll be stringing vegetables, drying fruit, doing laundry, and making some crafts.
June 19th, 2-4 p.m. at the Louisa County Public Library
Preserving and Protecting African-American Burial Sites– How and Why
This session provides an overview of the need, slides from our fieldwork, the laws protecting the sites and family access, and how to actually record the sites with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources through our work.
July 17, 2-4 p.m. at the Louisa County Public Library
Basic Genealogy Research with special focus on African-American Records
One of the most frequent questions we had during our site visits this spring was, “Who were the people who lived on this land, slave or free, who might be buried here?” The answer to that question comes from the same resources used to do all genealogy– plus a few extra ones. This session will guide you through the process of finding all family roots but will also feature sources and types of records for research on enslaved people before emancipation in 1865.
Pampered Pioneers Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Join us as we learn how to make natural products that helped keep our pioneer ancestors soft and clean, including lip balm, body butter and lotion, and bath salts and scrubs. Led by Sharon Heard, long time living history interpreter who is also leading our Frugal Farmstead programs. Participants will take home some of each product you make. $19 materials fee. Register at 540-967-4420.
Registration for each of the following events is through Louisa County Parks and Recreation 540-967-4420 or online. Age 18 and up. Wear long pants and good shoes and come anticipating a memorable day with friends, old and new. $25 per person. Register at 540-967-4420
The warmth of the fire, smells of roasting tenderloin, the tastes you may remember from grandmother’s kitchen described by her as “an old family recipe”. Those are just the sensory rewards of joining the Louisa County Hearth Cooking Guild for an adventure in hearth cooking at the Heritage Farm. Participants have the satisfaction of preparing the entire meal as our forefathers did over an open hearth. Seasonal meats and vegetables whet the appetite for scrumptious desserts. Class size is limited to 10 so everyone has plenty to do and plenty to eat!
Thursday, October 26th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The First Feast of Fall
Saturday, November 11th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Harvest is in and the Meat’s in the Smokehouse!
Tuesday, December 5th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Colonial Christmas Feast (extra desserts, of course!)
As we grow, we need more Volunteers...
and We Want YOU!
We have a good time and make good friends through our shared interests in history. Volunteer one 3 hour shift per month in the museum (and there is archive and research work to do between visitors or you can just bring a good book.)
Monthly Programs are made possible by a grant from the
W. Earle & Phyllis Collins Crank Memorial Endowment.