Colonial life comes alive on Butler Road

B y Jaime Thomas

History buffs can get their colonial fix at the historic Butler homestead on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Re-enacting Colonial Life, a benefit for the Pember Library and Museum, will take place inside and outside of the house, which dates back to 1780.

This is the third time the event is being held, though in previous years funds were raised for other causes. Local artist Annette Lacroix, who organized this year’s activities, said this time they are a lot more involved and a lot more authentic.

“The experience is to come into a house that hasn’t changed since 1780. A lot of people have wanted to see it, but it wasn’t ready,” Lacroix said.

Among this year’s events will be talks, demonstrations and displays on all aspects of colonial life by re-enactors both local and from out of town, Lacroix said.  Carole Cordial, for example, will be spinning and dyeing wool and supplying cookies from 1700s molds. Mike Rivette will show handmade knives and tinsmith Walter Fleming will be on site.

 

Lacroix, who is a nationally published folk artist, said she has spent two years getting the homestead’s garden into 1800s condition. There are heirloom seeds as well as other points of interest for those interested in gardening.

 

Other attractions at the re-enactment day will include hearth cooking and baking, artists and artisans displaying their food and wares, herbs and agriculture displays, livestock and period dress. Richard Phillips will provide live music.

Along with several volunteers, Lacroix has been planning the event for several months. She said the day is about showcasing everyone who has talents and abilities, and she believes there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“There’s a lot going on; I don’t think anyone will be bored,” Lacroix said.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 270 Butler Road in Middle Granville. Admission is $3. Children under 10 are free. For more information call 518-642-2817.

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