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Learn 18th-c Food Preservation Hands-On

Before refrigeration, one had to use a variety of methods to make the harvest last. From meat to fruits and vegetables you'll be able to both watch and participate in preparing foodstuffs for winter storage. You'll learn how drying, pickling, salting, brining, and canning were done as well as how some of these foods were reconstituted for later use. The presentation lasts until 4:00 but it’s not necessary to stay the whole time--come for as long as you wish. 

Hartwell Tavern is an 18th-century house that’s part of the Minute Man National Historic Park, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord through historical programs, tours, etc. 

This FREE living history event is presented by The Center for 18th Century Life, a collaboration of volunteer reenactors, scholars, and the staff of Minute Man National Historic Park.

There's no word on whether it's BYOC--Bring Your Own Cabbage!  :  )

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  • A former member
    A former member

    There were several display booths in the side yard of the tavern. The women in full costume were very knowledgeable, due to their experience with the many different techniques they were demonstrating. The more you hovered about, the more you learned. I'm planning on making an awesome pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving from the preserved pumpkin I'm going to make. Really nice demo and a beautiful day!

    October 19, 2013

  • Michael W

    I've been walking around for a hour around the tavern. The locals don't seem to know about any such hands on event, but they did see someone with a sign.

    October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't see anything much either other than a couple of stands with some food. The actors had a little info of the food but that was it.

      October 19, 2013

  • Daniel

    There is no hands on, just looking.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Where is the group now? We are in the parking lot of the visitors center.

    October 19, 2013

  • Dan

    Sounds cool... my other half will not be able to go ... so I have to pass . Pleas post coments on what went on . Dan~

    October 18, 2013

  • Valarie

    Looking forward to meeting everyone, and always up for learning something new :)

    October 18, 2013

  • Deb

    Hi, is this event still on? Thanks.

    October 18, 2013

    • Sylvia

      Yes, it's still on. I emailed those who've RSVPd yes on Thursday. See messages above for the address and link if you need it.

      October 18, 2013

  • Sylvia

    October 18, 2013

  • Sylvia

    The street adress of Hartwell Tavern is 102 North Great Road/Route 2A, Lincon, MA 01773. Coordinates I found online are N[masked], W71 17.589. I know the maps from the Minuteman NHP links conflict. But I checked on the actual addres, and this is it!

    As the description says, the presentation goes until 4:00 p.m. If you have to leave, you have to leave. The cabbage is a joke--hence the smiley.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we please be given a navigation device address so we are not all wandering along rte 2A looking for the meeting place? This would be helpful. Looks like this is an ongoing thing from 10-4? I wasn't able to find info online. If anyone has and there is some sort of schedule, can you please post the web address?

    October 18, 2013

  • Sylvia

    One member brought up the excellent question whether this even was still on. I was just about to cancel it but there's news (late Wed. afternoo) that the govt will reopen. I don't know how soon. So watch ths space about Saturday. I will check with the National Park Service and post an update tomorrow.

    October 16, 2013

  • Abby

    It doesn't look like the event will be taking place. The website is shut down. :-(

    October 16, 2013

  • Charlotte A.

    Is this event still on? I think "Minute Man National Historical Park" is closed and "Hartwell Tavern Historical Site" is located inside this park.

    October 16, 2013

  • Nicole Brody S.

    I will be bringing my 3 year old son with me. Never too young to get a valuable lesson in history

    October 2, 2013

  • Maureen

    +1

    September 20, 2013

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