Workshops

At Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation we offer workshops in a wide variety of historic skills.  Learning historic skills gives us the chance to connect with people in the past, connect with how things are made, and connect with our own ability to create.  Many of our workshops are geared toward beginners. In those workshops we create a supportive space for people to try new things and maybe find a fun new hobby.

We offer workshops in a wide variety of skills including things like spinning, ox driving, stenciling, broom making, block printing, and many more.  So, if you don’t see something that piques your interest, sign up to receive our emails and be notified when new workshops are listed.  Or better yet, become a member and get the chance to sign up before registration opens to the general public.
Workshops also include admission to the farm for the day when the site is open to the public. Reservations are required for all workshops.

Blacksmithing

Join this beginners workshop focused on blacksmithing in the 18th century. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and should bring leather work gloves and safety glasses.

 
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Saturday, May 25th
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Natural Dyeing

Natural materials have been used for centuries to produce a wide range of colors. Learn about natural dyeing in the 18th century and the common dye plants grown in the farm’s garden as well as those from around the world. Participants will dye their own 18th century men’s cravat or ladies scarf using cochineal and madder root. 

 
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Saturday, June 8th
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Hearth Cooking: Sugar and Spice

Experience the fine dining side of 18th century cooking! Learn about and prepare some popular fancy dishes based on historic receipts (recipes).

 
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Sunday, June 16th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Blacksmithing

Join this beginners workshop focused on blacksmithing in the 18th century. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and should bring leather work gloves and safety glasses.

 
Register

Saturday, October 5th
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

PO Box 158
Gradyville, PA, 19039, US

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