|Activities will portray life on a tobacco plantation|
The Harvest Time event at BTW park will include costumed demonstrations of blacksmithing, leather working, wood working, open hearth cooking, butter churning, broom making, ham curing, soap making and spinning.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Booker T. Washington National Monument will present "Harvest Time" Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will portray life on a small, slave-holding, mid-19th century tobacco plantation during the late summer.
As part of the Civil War 150th commemoration, volunteers and rangers at the monument have been conducting living history programs throughout the year, correlating the events of 1863 that took place nationally, in the Hales Ford community, and on the tobacco farm where Booker T. Washington was born in 1856.
The Harvest Time event will include costumed demonstrations of blacksmithing, leather working, wood working, open hearth cooking, butter churning, broom making, ham curing, soap making and apple drying.
The "Apple Man" will also be on hand to discuss heirloom varieties of apples.
Other demonstrations will include spinning, crocheting, knitting, tatting, embroidery, doll making and pottery. Tina Liza Jones and the Flying Cowboys will provide old-time musical entertainment.
Children's activities, such as gourd painting, will be included in the day's events.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
There will also be free horse drawn wagon rides.
"In addition to providing a day full of activities for families to have fun economically, Harvest Time serves as a great way to learn hands-on about how our ancestors lived their daily lives," said park Superintendent Carla Whitfield. "This event features demonstrations like hearth cooking that make visitors realize just how blessed they are to have a modern stove in which to efficiently cook meals. Rather than merely running to a local store to buy soap, our forbearers had to make lye soap, which we will also demonstrate."
"Simple demonstrations like these, along with living history vignettes, will provide visitors with an intimate glimpse into the past and thereby gain a better understanding of what life might have been like for them and was for Booker T. Washington and the people that inhabited the plantation," she added.
Admission to the park is free and no reservations are required.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather, as the event will be held outside.
Booker T. Washington National Monument is located 16 miles northeast of Rocky Mount on Route 122.
To learn more about the Harvest Time program and other events, visit www.nps.gov/bowa.