Christmas on the Farm - December 1 and 2, 2007

Ever since I saw one of the women who works at the Waterloo Farm Museum dig a hole in the ground, start a fire in it in the rain, and then proceed to cook a fantastic meal over the fire using iron pots and sticks as her only implements, I've been planning to go over to check out their version of living history. I see on their website that food is involved, so I'm intending on stopping by this weekend for their "Christmas on the Farm" celebration which takes place this Saturday, December 1 from  10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday, December 2 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Admission: $3.00 adults, $2.00 seniors, $1.00 age 5-17,  WAHS members free.  Here's what they say about it: 

"This re-creation of the  holiday's traditions will include tours of the ten-room farmhouse, the  authentic log house, eight outbuildings, and the one-room Dewey School. New  this year is a traditional Christmas program at Dewey School. Hand-crafted  greens, home-made baked goods, and gift items will be available for  purchase. Free refreshments and live music will be among the offerings for this homespun weekend.  Please join us!!

  • At the farmstead, natural decorations of dried herbs, spices, flowers, nuts, cedar and pine will set the scene in the 10-room farmhouse, where costumed guides will recount the activities that would have been taking place in each room at

  • Singers and musicians perform traditional holiday melodies.

  • The savory scents of the season will fill the air as dinner is prepared in the warm farm kitchen, reviving memories of the folks who once occupied this historic farmstead.

  • Visitors will also be welcomed into the log house, which will be decorated as it would have been in the 1840's, before the family moved into the farmhouse.

  • The Gift Shop will offer items for sale to fill stockings and remind us for former lifestyles-books, handmade toys, soaps, candles, and other wonderful things.

  • Baked goods, jams, jellies, and other tempting treats will also be available.

  • Wreaths, swags, and table centerpieces made of fresh greenery will be available for purchase in the Ice House.

  • Be sure to visit the blacksmith working at the forge.

  • The Waterloo Area Historical Society's Dewey School Museum will be open for tours and decorated for the season."

Here's a map with directions for how to get to: 
9998 Waterloo Munith Road
Waterloo, Michigan
Phone 517-596-2254.

*Photos on this page from the Waterloo Farm Museum website:

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