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April 11, 2013

The Farmers' Museum to host spring workshops

Eager to know more about the medicinal use of herbs or even the basics of daily living on an 1840s farmstead?   

Beginning April 13, The Farmers’ Museum will offer spring workshops on topics ranging from cooking over the open fire to blacksmithing.

The schedule is as follows:

A Morning at Lippitt Farmstead (April 13): Go behind the scenes in the barnyard and collect eggs, put the sheep out to pasture and meet other animals. Once chores are finished, visitors help prepare and then eat a hearty breakfast of traditional foods such as sausage, eggs, Indian cake, toast and boiled coffee.

Intermediate Blacksmithing (April 15-16): Practice all the core skills of drawing out hot iron, bending, twisting, hot punching and mortise and tenon joints are covered, with the addition of more complicated and multi-component projects.

Basics of Open Hearth Cooking (April 20): Learn the basic skills to cook over the open fire by preparing a simple meal using historic recipes and methods of preparation.

In the Medicine Cabinet (May 11): Learn to grow, harvest and wild-craft 15 herbs and produce medical preparations from them. Preparations include oils (hot and cold infused), ointments, compresses, tinctures, infusions and decoctions.

Intermediate Blacksmithing (May 11-12)

(See above)

Introduction to Blacksmithing (May 13-14): Try out blacksmithing for the first time, or expand on existing skills under the supervision of a master blacksmith. Practice managing a coal fire and forging skills such as drawing out hot iron, bending, twisting and punching holes.

Discount pricing is available for members of the New York State Historical Association. All workshops are held at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. Registration is required and can be made by calling 547-1461. For more information, visit




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