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One Saturday each month we invite visitors to stop by Burnside Plantation for historic fun! Visitors will be able to...
One Saturday each month we invite visitors to stop by Burnside Plantation for historic fun! Visitors will be able to learn more about our “farm in the city” which has been a part of the Moravian community since 1748. Visitors of all ages can take a look inside the Burnside House and barn and see colonial cooking demonstrations in the Summer Kitchen. Every month visitors can take some delicious foods home with them with a donation as part of the Burnside Garden “Point and Pick.” Families can enjoy a craft each month and a number of fun activities like nature walks, storytime, and hands-on history lessons.
Activities are offered from 10 am – 12 pm on the First Saturday of the month. See the schedule of activities below.
Volunteering at Burnside: We need your help to keep the fun going! Please contact Keith Sten email@example.com to learn about volunteer opportunities at Burnside.
April showers bring May flowers! Learn about many of the special plants growing in the Burnside garden and get a chance to plant your own seed to take home. Join us for a nature walk at 10 am & 11 am to explore the gardens at Burnside and learn about how they are taken care of.
Special Craft: Paint a Planter – Decorate a flower pot to hold your very own seed to bring home and take care of!
Visit the Summer Kitchen: James Burnside loved his sweets, especially butter, and chocolate. Learn about a tasty “breakfast” treat – “Chocolate Cream” – a recipe from 1769. Did you know chocolate could be considered a healthy breakfast at that time?
Explore the importance of weather for a colonial farm like Burnside. Try out a few weather-related activities or harness the power of the wind to fly a kite in the meadow.
Special Craft: Wacky Windchimes – Turn the wind into sound with your very own windchime! Where will you hang it at home?
Visit the Summer Kitchen: Let’s churn some Butter! Discover three ways to make this sweet treat, and try them out yourself. Don’t forget to wash the butter when you’re done churning.
A farm just wouldn’t be the same without animals! Learn about some of the animals that would have lived on an early farm like Burnside Plantation and ways that they would provide help or important resources for a farm family.
Special Craft: Barnyard Keepsake Box – Decorate a barn-inspired keepsake box to store small things at home. A barn just isn’t the same without animals, so make sure to make a pom-pom farm friend to keep inside!
Visit the Summer Kitchen: I scream, you scream, let’s all make “Chocolate Ice Cream” using a 1790 recipe. Have you ever heard of a sabottiere? Come and try it out!
Do you know why the Monocacy Creek was so important to the early Bethlehem and the Burnside family? Join us for a nature walk at 10 am & 11 am to learn all about this great resource and the ecosystem that it supports. You will also be able to explore how irrigation is used to make sure crops get enough water with a fun activity.
Special Craft: Mini Monocacy Aquarium – After learning about the Monocacy Creek and its important ecosystem, make your own mini aquarium display with this fun craft. What will you put inside?
Visit the Summer Kitchen: How do you say delicious in German? One way might be “Schokolade Suppe” (Chocolate Soup). Discover this tasty recipe from 1787 in the Summer Kitchen.
With harvest season right around the corner visit Burnside to explore the colonial farming process – from planting seeds to harvesting them. Make sure to visit the Summer Kitchen to discover some historic and modern food preservation methods to keep food fresh throughout the winter
Special Craft: Cool Crop Keychains – “Harvest” your own crop with a colorful bead keychain. Follow one of the patterns to make a fruit or vegetable-inspired keychain, or make your own design!
Visit the Summer Kitchen: Check out two recipes that probably would have reminded James Burnside of his youth in Ireland. Learn about a 1747 recipe for “Fairy Butter” as well as “Irish Pancakes” from 1755.
Colonial farmers were very resourceful! Instead of throwing out certain materials, they found additional uses for those waste products. Today we might only think of recycling plastic bottles or newspapers, but there are a lot of things that can be recycled if you find a creative use for them! Learn about recycling and reusing materials on the farm and get inspired for your own recycling projects.
Special Craft: Crafty Recyclers – Make your own useful recycled object out of newspapers, plastic bottles, cans, and more. “Recycle” is one of our suggested craft ideas, or come up with your own creative use for these reusable materials.
Summer Kitchen: No tricks here, just a delicious 1770 treat to learn about in the Summer Kitchen – “Chocolate Biscuits!”
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