Friday, July 22, 2011

Hearth & Field Day at the Witch House

The sixth annual Hearth & Field Day at the Witch House, featuring Colonel Bailey's 2nd Massachusetts Regiment reenactment group, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd.  

This is an great opportunity to interact with 18th century reenactors who will be demonstrating weaving, cooking, sewing and other household tasks from the 1700s.  There will be a mess tent set up on the front yard where the women (presumably!) will be preparing a meal, and the men (again, I'm presuming a gender-based division of tasks!) will discuss the militia and weaponry of the time.

Each year the group brings different reenactors, providing a new focus and different experience for visitors, and new insight into the life of 18th-century colonial life.  

At 12:45 PM the Regiment will march from the Witch House to Derby Wharf, via Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, for a musket firing demonstration at 1:00 PM. 

Hearth & Field Day is free to the public. 
Saturday, July 23, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Guided tours of the 17th-century Witch House are available for $10.25 ($8.25 for seniors, $6.25 for children 7-14). Self-guided tours are $8.25. The Witch House is the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials open to the public today.  It was the home of Judge Jonathon Corwin, a magistrate during the trials.  Self-guided tours cost $8.25

For more information call The Witch House at 978-744-8815.

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