Workshops are designed to give the participant a hands-on experience in an historic craft or chore. Workshops also include admission to the farm for the day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the office at (610) 566-1725.
2017 Workshop Schedule
To Be Announced! Check back soon.
Visitors have enjoyed these workshops in the past:
Colonial Dairy Workshop
During the 18th century, rural farms became increasingly important to the economic development of the independent American nation. This workshop explores the importance of farms in the area to the south and west of Philadelphia in this transformation. The workshop will show the development of farms in the region and how the farms contributed to the changing role of women in the Colonial and post-Colonial period. There will be a discussion on the contribution of dairy products, a tour of the barn and a milking demonstration. Participants will be able to learn how to make butter and cheese. Limit 12 participants.
Do you want to become a blacksmith apprentice? Learn the basics of blacksmith? The workshop will cover safety at the forge, how to start a fire and work the blower, how to heat metal and basic techniques on working with metal. Students will make an s hook by the conclusion of the class. Bring leather gloves. Limit 6 participants.
Are you a beekeeper, a person who wants to become a beekeeper or just someone who wants to learn about bees? You might want to join master beekeeper Warren Graham for this talk and up close visit with this fascinating insect. The hives at the Plantation have been established since the 1970s and they produce very tasty honey. There will be examples of top bar hives, log hives as well as a look at our active hives. There will also be a discussion on the importance of native bees and how these insects are still the major pollinators of Ridley Creek State Park. Limit 15 participants.
Welcome Tea Lovers. Whether your favorite tea is black, green or herbal (berries & nuts included in herbal) there will be a great selection of hot teas to taste. The workshop will start with a brief "History of Tea" followed by the good stuff as each person will concoct their own special tea blend that they will take home to enjoy with family and friends. There will be handouts with information on each herb that we will be using. In Colonial times (the same goes for today) a number of herbs had medicinal properties. Please note that only a few of the herbs that we have are NOT recommended for pregnant women and they will be marked. Limit 15 participants.
Lock, Stock and Barrel Workshop
While many of us often get to see colonial period guns and related equipment, it is rare that we get to spend time focused on how they developed, how they were used, and the material culture that surrounded them. During the two hour workshop, we will present more than a dozen long arms (along with slides of others) the supporting equipment (powder horns, knives, axes, bags, and small items) along with descriptions of how the items were carried and used. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should be able to distinguish among the various types of long arms used during the period, be able to give a general history of the development and use of American long arms during the 200 years from 1620 - 1820, and to describe gun related items that might be carried by the farmers, hunters, and militia of that time. Limit 15 participants.
Mistress Pratt's Colonial Pockets (Pocket Making Workshop)
17th century ladies didn't carry handbags, or wear fanny packs or backpacks. So where did they stash their stuff? In their pockets, of course! However, women's colonial clothing doesn't have pockets attached the way we wear them today; only the boys had those. Colonial ladies' pockets were a separate article of clothing that they tied on as they got dressed, so they could reach them through the side slits in their petticoats. Plain pockets were usually worn out of sight, to safeguard the items they contained. Highly-decorated pockets were worn to show off the wealth and status of the wearer. Expensive fabrics, hand embroidery, and costly threads were all used to decorate the fancy pockets. Limit 12 participants.
Learn to dye silk and wool using natural materials. Workshop will include a talk on what plants are good for dyeing, preparation of plants for dying, and how to dye over an open fire. Each participant will be able to dye some fabric and yarn. Limit 12 participants.
Historic Conversations is a series of talks and discussions on topics of historic interest.
One of the goals of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is to encourage study of the rich historical heritage that abounds in southeastern Pennsylvania. Although the Plantation is dedicated to the world of the 18th century, there is much to discover prior to and after our time period. With this in mind, we have begun a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and hands on activities on topics not necessarily of the colonial period but all are of historic interest and presented by various experts in southeastern Pennsylvania history. Attendance at the Historic Conversations is free with admission to the Plantation.
Refunds are available for weekend workshops with more than 14 days' notice before the workshop date with a 15% processing fee. With less than 14 days' notice, we allow the same refund only if there is someone on a waitlist to take your place.