Dec. 1st – Christmas with Almanzo!
Enjoy mulled cider & traditional cookies in the Wilder house with carol singing and Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings (11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30). Plus, children’s holiday craft activities and the gift shop will be open! Free admission.
July 28th – Celebration of Youth & Morgan Horse Event
Enjoy our fabulous biennial Morgan horse show presented by Heart’s Delight from the Wm H. Miner Institute. Visit the horses and their trainers! Show at 2pm. The day also features the art and essays of students who studied the Farmer Boy story this year. Join a Wilder Edibles walk at 10 or 11! Honorary Almanzo and Laura for 2018 will be announced, along with art show awards at noon. Plus, food and craft vendors, life skills demonstrators (weaver, chair caner, shingle shaver, butter churning), craft activities for kids, games, music, and self guided tours of the Wilder buildings. Youth oriented organizations will be on site. Dance pparlor on the half hours. Take a walk down the trail to Trout River. Adults $9; Senior, $8.50; Youth 6-16, $6; 5 and under, Free! Bring your chairs and picnic blanket.
August 25th – Annual Cultural Fest- English
Join us at our annual cultural festival, where we celebrate influences in 19th rural northern New York. This we’ll be serving tea and crumpets at the English Festival! Planned are a May pole, tea party (and how to properly brew tea!), cricket & croquet, as well as music and performances by the Adirondack English Country Dancers. Traditional food, craft vendors, life skills demonstrators,and more! Plus, we’ll be celebrating Laura & Almanzo’s anniversary with cake and ice cream!
Special guest, Historian Melanie Stringer, will present her first-person living history program, Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder. This presentation features an interactive “visit” with an adult, but not-yet-famous, Mrs. Wilder. It’s 1898, and Laura, Almanzo, and their 11-year-old daughter Rose have recently settled in the tranquil Missouri Ozarks. The family is working hard to build up a new farm; times are tough and money is scarce, but better days are coming. Though she has not yet considered a writing career, Mrs. Wilder has already lived through many of the events that she will one day recount in her famous Little House books. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a lively conversation and questions are encouraged in this all-ages program. Melanie is a New England-based historian specializing in American Social History, with a particular focus on the daily lives, education, and occupational opportunities of women and children during the period of American Settlement to c.1960. Her interest in history began early, sparked when she learned to read using Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series of books. From that time to the present, she has sustained her interest in Wilder, bolstered by lifelong intensive study of American Regional Literature, Westward Expansion, Women’s and Children’s History, and Educational History. She has continuously endeavored to relate these subjects to the historical and socio-political context within which Wilder lived and wrote. For more information, follow Melanie on Facebook or Twitter: @MeetLIW Click here for bio.
Adults $9; Senior, $8.50; Youth 6-16, $6; 5 and under, Free! Bring your chairs and picnic blanket.
September 29th & 30th – Harvest Fest & Civil War Living History
The Calvary is coming! We will be welcoming the Adirondack Regiment of Civil War Re-enactors, along with a nine horse cavalry to the Wilder Farm for two days of living history and battles – visitors are welcome to walk around the encampment and visit with the soldiers and see their displays. Skirmishes will be held both days – Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 1. Life skills demonstrators include a blacksmith, weaver, spinner, and shingle shaver. Craft & farm market vendors will be on site, fresh pressed apple cider, food, 19th century games and kids activities (paint a pumpkin and stuff a scarecrow!), corn pit, and more. The Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours and the annual As Time Passes juried art show will be on display in the schoolhouse- vote for People’s Choice award!
Saturday @ 1:30…Folk Song sing-along with Travis Preve and Jim Stickney of Thirty 1 & Mandolin
Sunday @ 11….Fiddling by Three Chicks (minus 1!) and the roving Bonville Family musicians in the early afternoon!
Adults $9; Senior, $8.50; Youth 6-16, $6; 5 and under, Free!
Civil War Re-enactors’ Schedule
Saturday, September 29th: 10:00 am Camps open to the public 10:30 am “Rich Mans War” sce nario for public 1:00 pm Court Marshal scenario for public 3:00 pm Battle Reenactment- 4-5:00 pm Camp life and living history interactions with the public 5:00 pm Camps closed to the public
Sunday, September 30th: 10:00 am Camps open to the public 10:30 am Company drill and artillery demonstrations 11:15 am Camp life scenarios and public interaction 1:00 pm Battle Reenactment and closing ceremonies