Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day Saturday at historical society
SUNBURY - Now that the model of Fort Augusta has returned to the front lawn, the Northumberland County Historical Society will bring an interesting and colorful blend of art, craft, and history to the back and side yards of the historic property on Saturday, August 9 when it hosts Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 1150 N, Front St., rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
vent organizers have invited skilled artists and craftspeople from Central Pennsylvania and southern New York to display their work and demonstrate their crafts, which were part of 18th century daily life. Powder horn making, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, lace making, fraktur, spinning, weaving, and basket making are among the traditional crafts which will be represented. A gardener, seamstresses, a frontier trader, and several soldiers will discuss daily events and tasks. Cooking methods used during the 18th century will also be demonstrated. Some of the craftspeople will have items to sell and will also accept custom orders.
Volunteers will staff the Fort Augusta museum, the genealogical research library and bookstore, and will also sell "Get Fort-ified" caps, apparel, commemorative booklets, coloring books, and other merchandise to benefit the Fort Augusta model project. Visitors may view a temporary exhibit of documents of Fort Augusta's last commander Samuel Hunter, items owned by the Hunter family, and artifacts recovered on land once owned by William Wilson, a nephew of Samuel Hunter. In addition, visitors may also view the two remaining original Fort Augusta features on the property, the well and the powder magazine, and the nearby Hunter-Grant cemetery.