One of the newer additions to our living history presentation is a working Victorian Kitchen which includes a working circa 1880s wood burning kitchen stove, cast iron sink with hand pump, and other period appliances. Visitors churned butter and participated in baking as part of the day's program. Hard tack, the staple of many a soldier in the field, was one of the products of the day. Many remained at the end of the day!
|Volunteer interpreter Ruth Durfee and staffer Johanne Vaters lead activity in our Victorian Kitchen.|
- Have you ever changed a wagon wheel? Visitors were able to check this off their bucket list. In our 100 foot long carriage house, our Democratic Carriage was pulled from the collection in addition tpo one of the comprehensive collection of wagon jacks we have. The jack was ratcheted by each participant and using a buggy wrench removed the wheel hub nut. The wheel was removed and spun around once freed from the axle. The exercise was reversed and repeated by a half a dozen visitors.
- High Tea on the Durgin House porch. part of our Civil War event has always included scenarios from civilian life. Served by costumed volunteers tea and pastries are served on linen table clothes. There is silverware and china included at each of the ten tables. Pastries are homemade and delicious. Re-enactors this year were invited to partake transporting onlookers back to another time. in 2016, we hope to have a fashion show of both men's and women's 1860s clothing in our ballroom.
- Willowbrook has two functioning and fully equipped blacksmith shops. These are inhabited by past students of our frequent blacksmithing and knife making classes. Opportunities for learning some basics of heating and shaping metal are offered for walk-ins. Descriptions of our one or two day classes can be found on our website.
- Visit our collection of Civil War artifacts in the Durgin Barn. You can also read local Civil War letters transcribed for easier reading in the Durgin Barn just outside the orientation video room. There are additional Civil War letters to be found on the walls of the Hands-On History Building.
- Visit our school house where our costumed school marm leads visitors in a lesson classroom etiquette---mind your Ps and Qs because she wields a history stick!