Colonial Family Fun Day
AgesAll Ages Adults & kids together
To bring this important era alive for youngsters, the Westport Historical Society is hosting a Colonial Family Fun Day that will shed light on life for children in the 18th Century. There will be a variety of fun activities for kids of all ages, and refreshments.
Kids during the Revolutionary War—and the 18th Century at large—lived very differently than their modern counterparts. Expected to participate in family life and work from a very young age, 18thcentury children did household and farm chores, helped care for younger siblings and, as they got older, provided real support to their parents in serious matters facing the family. One example is Sybil Ludington, a sixteen-year -old girl who rode her horse, Star, through the night in the rain to muster the militia in an attempt to prevent the British from raiding Danbury.
In the spirit of educational fun, the Society’s modern day event will include churning butter and “Make Your Own Hedgehog Conceit”, a popular confection of the 18thcentury featuring, marzipan, almonds and currants fashioned into a hedgehog.
Silhouette making and colonial games, learn how to make the dark paper profile portraits so popular in the day and play games that were popular in the 18th Century. A sampling of chores common for a Revolutionary-era youngster will take place where kids “earn” colonial “money” for their chores that they can spend at our General Store.
Even little ones in the 1700s would have helped Mother plant the kitchen garden. Kids will plant their own heirloom vegetable facilitated by Wakeman Town Farm to take home. And visitors of every age will enjoy hearing stories, selected by the Westport Public Library, about the 18th century read aloud on the lawn.
Other events will include a complimentary refreshment table, coloring activities and the chance to take your picture with a live Minuteman!
$5 per person, 2 and under are free. Admission includes entry to the historical society and exhibits, including “The Danbury Raid” and goes to support the award winning programs offered at WHS. Tickets may be purchased here or by calling (203) 222-1424.