Visit the Farmstead Booth at the 1770’s Festival Sunday, Oct. 6

Visit the Farmstead booth at the Lord Stirling 1770’s Festival tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 6!

Step back in time to the colonial period of American history at the Somerset County Park Commission’s annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The Friends of the KMS Farmstead, along with many of the County’s other historic organizations will be displaying historic artifacts and talking history with visitors who come from all over the region to participate in this event.

Each year Lord Stirling’s estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, comes back to life in the late 1700s. This year, Lord Stirling will be joining visitors, responding to questions about his many business ventures and his successes in battle against the British. Join him as he reviews his troops, visits with local craftspeople, tours his personal wine cellar.With re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing, visitors will meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, furniture maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn.

Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, and playing colonial games or pet goats and chickens. A working cider press will show how cider was made and a hay wagon will take visitors for a ride around Lord Stirling’s apple orchard. Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler’s wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.

Hope to see you there!