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!

Purchase a pass to attend all six workshops for a special offer of $125 by April 20 or purchase each one individually for $25 per workshop. Check out the full schedule below and register today!

  • April 27: Open Hearth Cooking (please select this date during checkout if you wish to purchase a workshop bundle)

    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.

  • July 13: Colonial Creams and Salves

    Start your own healing apothecary right in your own home! Join us for an introductory workshop on making herbal topical preparations.

    This workshop is jam packed with incredible information, including:

    - Creams vs salves

    - Understanding emulsification

    - Herbs used in medicinal creams

    Each participant will make a mini jar of cream and salve to take home and use right away!

  • August 17: Quilling

    Quilling, otherwise known as paper filigree, was used during the Renaissance to decorate books and is still employed in art-making today. In this workshop, participants will transform a basic line drawing with the use of paper strips that will be rolled, shaped, and glued together to create a relief design.

    Quilling (or paper filigree) is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create amazing designs. Quilling starts with rolling a strip of paper into a coil and then pinching the coil into shapes that can be glued together.

    At this workshop, you'll learn the basic techniques of quilling. Using these techniques and different sized paper. You get to take home everything you make at the end of the workshop.

  • September 28: Soap Making

    Have you ever wanted to make your own luxurious handmade soap? Then this is the class for you!

    Learning to make soap is fun! This beginner’s class teaches the basics of soap making Making your own soap from scratch (the way 18th century families like the Henry’s did) using all-natural ingredients can be both fun and rewarding.

    This workshop combines a brief lecture period where we will discuss the history of soap making, current methods of making soap, safety measures to follow, the oils and butters used in making soap, the tools and supplies used in making soap and a hands-on portion, where participants will work with the instructor to make soap.

    Each attendee will leave the class with the soap recipe that we used in the class, a list of suppliers for soap making materials,and your own soap to take home.

  • November 2: Colonial Holiday Baking

    Join us to prepare and eat traditional holiday baked goods 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 baking techniques and lead discussions on 18th- and early 19th-century food preparation, preaervation 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.)

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

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