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Introduce kids to crafts from colonial times

Learn a bit about a craft from the past during Colonial Trades Month at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater this fall.

Each Sunday in October, from noon-4:30 p.m., families can discover the different crafts that Maryland’s colonists would have used to make a living. Learn the trades of powder horn carving, woodworking, bookbinding and hat making.

  • Oct. 4 – Roger Roop will demonstrate carving powder horns.ColonialTradesW
  • Oct. 11 – Chris Holmgren, of Seneca Creek Joinery, will demonstrate 18th-century tools in the Carpenters Shop.
  • Oct. 18 – Benjamin Bartgis, a papermaker and bookbinder, will demonstrate binding as well as mixing ink and cutting feathers into pens.
  • Oct. 25- George Franks, a hatter, will make hats.

“There is something special in rediscovering a nearly forgotten handicraft, like horning or bookbinding,” says Lauren Silberman, deputy director of London Town. “I think that’s why we are seeing a resurgence in the crafts movement, because people want to create and feel connected to what they’re creating. This month celebrates that living tradition of creation, which was so crucial to London Town’s existence during the Colonial era.”

Colonial Trades Month is included with regular admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for youth (ages 7–18). The site is free for members and children 6 and younger. For details visit historiclondontown.org.

Check out our calendar for more fun things to do this month.

Betsy Stein

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