Thursday, June 23, 2011


ON JUNE 18,visitor came to Hearthside to see what an old-fashioned picnic would have been like during the 19th century. The Friends of Hearthside welcomed civilian and military Civil War reenactors to its grounds on Saturday.
As historical interpreters, the reenactors welcomed interaction from spectators as they spend a summer afternoon enjoying the simple pleasures of an old fashioned picnic, with good friends, good food, and lawn games, all in late 1800s style. You may catch them at a game of croquet, or see children playing hoops in the yard, while the ladies sit in a sewing circle and the gents discuss the issues of the day under the shade of a tree. The reenactors are part of a group that will be participating in the full-scale battle reenactment and living history weekend taking place at Chase Farm Park and Hearthside on September 17-18th.

The event ran from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with guided tours of the house taking place on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m. Docents in period costume gave tours to guests through the 10-room house, while telling of its storied past along one of the country's oldest roadways. The Hearthside Gift Shop was open for the afternoon.

Visitors had the choose to merely be spectators at the picnic or were welcome to enjoy their own picnic by bringing along a packed lunch. Cold drinks were available.
The weather, the food, the friends and good conversation made for a splendid day.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Civil War Picnic at Hearthside

Everyone brought period foods to share with each others. From pickles beets, to meat pies, pickled beans ,   all types of cheeses and fresh fruit , even home made cheesecake.

More photos to come of this glorious event

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

History In The Makings!

           June 5th, 2011, on a lovely Sunday afternoon.
Dressed in 1800's -early 1900's period attire, the doscent of this historic mansion, held two Victorian tea parties for 110 young girls, ages 4 to 10, their mothers, fathers, grandparents or aunts, and their American Girl dolls.
 Over 200 years it has stood on Great Road, the stone-walled Hearthside has been a farm, a businessman's mansion and home to twelve families.This Sunday it was a dollhouse
 The girls came dressed in cute little Summer dresses and some even wore hats. The Royal family would have been so proud to see such a showing.
The tables were set with fine china, three tiered trays holding sweets and fresh fruit. What a delight!
They enjoyed their tea and treats while  Lady Estelle, with her American Girl Doll, Addie gave a presentation on tea etiquette and manners.
It was history in the makings!

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