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At Farm Colonial Arts

This program is similar to the in-school program features, but with the added benefit of spending the day at our historic farm and seeing homesteading first-hand.  Groups that participate in this program begin with a brief presentation about the history of this farm starting with the arrival of Samuel Tooker’s family in 1751 and continuing through the six families who followed as they built the farm that still stands today.  Following  the presentation, groups have the opportunity to participate in hands on colonial crafts and also get to tour the farm itself.  

Main Objectives:

~Through the Colonial Crafts Program, students will identify and compare our present lifestyles to the lives of our colonial ancestors.  They will learn about self-sufficiency and develop a realistic view of how much time and effort was involved in the day-to-day living of early Long Islanders. By being active participants at our historic farm, students will learn through first hand experience, the best teacher of all!

Scheduling information:

   Special overview presentation to the whole group which will cover Long Island lifestyle changes over time.   35 minutes to an hour~

    Demonstration, instruction, and hands on workshop at least one hour for each class, or 75 minutes for a double class.  Including:  Carding and spinning of wool, weaving, wood working, top making, early American cooking, corn grinding, Johnny cakes, Stencils, quill pen and ink, and Candle Making.

    Tour of the farm including discussions about each animal’s contribution, the workings of the gardens and fields, daily schedules, etc.  Ending with a tractor wagon ride.

We can accommodate up to 4 classes in a single day (~4 hour trip including a lunch break)

Colonial Crafts is a BOCES ArtsInEducation Program

Cost: $15 per child.  Adults are free.  Extra Chaperones Needed!