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In 1805 Bryant was 11 years old. What was life like back then? How did rural families in Western MA live and work?
Come experience rural living, home life and community in the 19th century! In 1805, 11 year old William Cullen Bryant lived on a small farm where he helped with seasonal activities and outdoor work typical of a small homestead in the early 1800’s. We invite visitors to take a walk back in time and live a day from Bryant’s childhood at his family’s home!
For two days, the Homestead will recreate a 19th century farm community for families to discover and explore! Participate in a barter economy and learn about 19th century skills and trades. Meet different 19th century craftspeople, tradespeople, and farm workers as they demonstrate historic skills such as blacksmithing, shoemaking, straw braiding, cooking, timber framing and more! Play a game of town ball and enjoy a picnic ploughman’s lunch on the grounds. Hike the Rivulet Trail and explore the maple sugar orchard. communities.