Nathan Hale Homestead offers history-based experiences at Coventry Farmer's Market

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Jul. 16, 2013
Julia Gadbois drives the Belgian team of Samson and Luke for Canterbury's Ye Plain Ole Farm at the Coventry Farmer's Market on July 14. Riding the wagon are Tom Ezzell and Mackenzie. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Julia Gadbois drives the Belgian team of Samson and Luke for Canterbury's Ye Plain Ole Farm at the Coventry Farmer's Market on July 14. Riding the wagon are Tom Ezzell and Mackenzie. Photos by Melanie Savage.

On July 14, the Nathan Hale Homestead sponsored horse-drawn wagon rides at the Coventry Farmer’s Market. “Every week, the homestead has an activity at the market,” said Nathan Hale guide Chelsea Arne, who was manning the event dressed in 18th century garb. This is the second time this season that the homestead has offered the rides, provided by Ye Plain Ole Farm in Canterbury. Farm owner Doug Smith said they will be back at the market in August, as well.

“We try to focus on 18th century activities,” said Arne. The homestead-sponsored activity on July 7 was a puppet show. “The kids made their own spoon puppets,” said Arne. Another activity this year was sundials made out of natural items. “We’re always looking for new, hands-on ways to involve kids in history,” said Arne.

Coming up on July 28 is one of the homestead’s biggest events at the market - the annual musical muster. The event will feature more than a dozen fife and drum corps from southern New England and a parade featuring an assortment of fifes and wooden rope tension snare and bass drums.

The previous day, on Saturday, July 27, the homestead will offer Colonial Life at the Homestead. From noon to 4 p.m., participants will learn about the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. The afternoon will include hand-on activities and demonstrations including spinning, weaving, candle-dipping, open hearth cooking and kid's activities.

Find out about other activities sponsored by the homestead at the Coventry Farmer’s Market on Facebook. Fall is one of the busiest times of year for the Nathan Hale Homestead, with offerings including: Cures and Corpses: Surviving the Medical Practices of the 18th Century on Sept. 13; Haunted Corn Maze on Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4 and 5; Haunted Homestead on Oct. 18 and 19; and Things that Go Bump in the Night on Oct. 25 and 26. It’s still not too late to sign up for the summer Colonial camp experience, held July 22-26. Call 860-742-6917 to pre-register.


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