Autumn activities at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead
BURKE — The Almanzo Wilder Homestead’s annual Harvest will hots its Festival and Civil War Living History Encampment this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the farm in Burke. This year’s event will span both days with a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy.
On site for the weekend will be the Adirondack Regiment of Civil War Re-enactors and co-re-enactors from around the Northeast and Canada, as well as a nine horse cavalry.
Camps will be open to the public both days at 10 a.m. Visitors can visit with soldiers at their camps and be immersed in the history shown with the many military, mercantile and medical tent displays and demonstrations. Battles between the Union and Confederate soldiers are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Camp will break up after the skirmish on Sunday, so attendees are advised to arrive early.
Fiddling and folk tunes will likely be provided by Marjorie Kelting on Saturday and Nicholfalls on Sunday. Activities will include pumpkin painting, 19th century games, a scavenger hunt, corn pit and scarecrow stuffing for children. A variety of farm market and craft vendors will be on site Saturday. There will be demonstrations of spinning, shingle making, blacksmithing, weaving and others. Fresh apple cider will be pressed in the orchard.
The 10th annual “As Time Passes” juried adult art show will be open for viewing in the replica one-room schoolhouse. Artists have submitted their works related to life on the farm in the mid 1800s. Some will be available to purchase, and visitors are all invited to cast their vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced Sunday at 3 p.m.
Food will be available both days from Proper’s Food Truck and Sqealz on Wheels BBQ, along with fresh cider donuts. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for ages 6-16, and ages 5 and under are free. Active military are free with identification.
The homestead will be open extended hours during this event: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Civil War re-enactor encampment will be open to the public though 5 p.m. Saturday and will break up after Sunday’s battle.
The Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours both days, with guides on hand.
The Almanzo Wilder Homestead is located at 177 Stacy Road in Burke (Malone if using gps). For more information and activity schedules go to www.almanzowilderfarm.com, Facebook, or call 518-483-1207.