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Homeplace 1850s Trades Fair Labor Day Weekend

August 16, 2016 | LBL press release

The HomeplaceThe Homeplace 1850s Working Farm will host a Trades Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, from 10am to 4pm in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Traditional trades and crafts people will share knowledge of vanishing folk art skills. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

"Our annual 1850s Trades Fair offers fun activities for all ages. The event doubles as an open market for talented folk artists, crafts people, and merchant traders wishing to sell their wares and keep these skills and traditions alive for generations to come," explains Cindy Earls, Homeplace Lead Interpreter.

Children can participate in the Children’s Trades Fair by learning to make a clay pot, hauling a maul, talking to trades people and answering questions in an activity booklet. Kids can explore the farm, play with dolls, “cluck” at chickens, and "oink" at pigs. Adults can join in too!

The Homeplace farm family will demonstrate spinning yarn, wood working, and blacksmithing throughout the weekend. At 11am and 2pm, staff will be cooking a few favorite bread recipes from the Homeplace History and Receipt Book on a wood stove in the Double Pen House kitchen. Blacksmithing demonstrations will be 10am-12pm and 1-4pm. The Dixie Volunteers will play old-time music from 1:30-2:30pm and 3-4pm.

  • Trades and demonstrations include:
  • 19th Century Sketch Art
  • Baker
  • Corn Shuck Doll Making
  • Early American Indian Pottery Making
  • Fancy Tatted Lace Making
  • Fine Hand Knitting and Crocheting
  • General Store
  • Hand-carved Mandolins
  •  Homemade Breads and Baked Goods
  •  Honey Products and Bee Keeping
  • Photography
  • Woodworking
  • For more information about the Homeplace Trades Fair, go to http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/homeplace-1850s-trades-fair/2016-09-03/

Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This pileated woodpecker is one of the more common woodpecker species in North America. It is also one of the largest forest birds in the region.