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Patrick Henry's Scotchtown Historical Craft Workshops

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Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

16120 Chiswell Lane

Beaverdam, VA 23015

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Spend some time at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown learning a historical craft. This year, we will offer a series of six workshops for adults that will vary from hearth cooking to textiles, paper and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece or new skill!

Check out the full schedule below and register today!

  • July 13: Colonial Creams and Salves

    With doctors tending to bleed and purge their patients, is it any wonder that families turned to the women in their lives as their “doctors and apothecaries?” In this workshop, we will:

    • Explore the “humours” theory of medicine practiced by our Founding Fathers. Participants will “diagnose” their own “primary humour” using ancient techniques
    • Search through sixteenth and seventeenth-century books for medicinal plants and recipes
    • Explore Scotchtown’s kitchen garden and formal gardens for herbs, flowers, and vegetables that would have been used to help “balance” their “humours,” and harvest herbs from the kitchen garden and make hand cream using original recipes. Participants will be able to take a small container of it – and the recipe - home with them.
  • August 17: Quilling

    Quilling, sometimes called “paper filigree,” was invented in the Renaissance and continued to be a popular decorative technique in colonial America. It is an art-form that uses a quill pen to roll and shape strips of paper, which are then glued together to create beautiful designs for gift boxes and greeting cards.

    At this workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of quilling and create your own small gift box to take home.

  • September 28: Candle Making

    Whether necessary for basic light or enjoyed for their fragrance and beauty, candles have been a part of people’s lives for centuries. This workshop will teach you technics for basic pillar and taper candles that incorporate fragrances and materials from Scotchtown’s kitchen and formal flower gardens. Participants will get to take home their creations!

  • November 2: Colonial Holiday Baking

    The holidays are coming! Time to start preparing all those once-a-year treats. What did families in colonial Virginia bake for the festivities? Come to Scotchtown and find out. We will be making and baking authentic holiday recipes enjoyed by 18th century Americans including cookies, candy, and a pie using a 1760 pie crust recipe. Of course, we’ll need to be sampling the results!

Workshops take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All class registrations close one week prior to the event.

Past Workshops:

  • April 27: Open Hearth Cooking

    Are you interested in historic foodways? Do you want to learn how to cook in a fireplace? Please join us to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes under the guidance of our experienced open hearth cooks.

    Classes are held in the reproduction kitchen on the grounds of Scotchtown. The hearth cook will teach you a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on 18th- and early 19th-century food preparation, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs.

    You will participate in the process and assist the hearth cook in the tasks undertaken. We recommend that you dress comfortably, bring an apron, pen, and paper for notes. After the food is prepared, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor. (You may also bring a brown bag lunch.)

  • June 22: Cross-stitching

    Learn to pull threads, develop basic hemstitching techniques, and design your own bookmark to keep. By the end of the class, you will have accomplished beautiful classic techniques in cross-stitching. This is an excellent introduction course for beginners.

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16120 Chiswell Lane

Beaverdam, VA 23015

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