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."