Bushnell Farm will be open to the public on Saturday, November 2 from Noon until 4 o’clock for their annual Harvest Home activities. This English festival celebrated bringing the last of the sheaves of grain. The 1678 Bushnell house is among the five oldest houses in Connecticut built near the end of what is often called the Pilgrim Century. Located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, demonstrators will be processing apples, corn and pumpkins and making preparations for winter. The 22 acres, that includes five buildings that will be open, is owned by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex and open for seasonal celebrations, school programs, summer camp and scouting activities. Harvest Home is free and open to the public with on-site parking.
On Saturday their will be horse and wagon rides around the property that also has a small Indian wigwam in the Grove. A couple of French and Indian War citizen soldiers preparing for a winter campaign will be visiting for the afternoon. The Bushnell’s were weavers as well as farmers and in the Loom House spinning and weaving will be underway. To preserve much of the apple crop, it was turned into cider and the hand cranked cider-press will be in operation all afternoon. The Barn is full of horse-drawn equipment and the carriage house is filled with carriages and sleighs. Youngsters are invited to haul water from the well and carry firewood as well as shell corn in the Barn.
You can hear the latest news at the Country Store check out the seasonal produce.
Join us and discover a time when there was more to fall than raking leaves!
For further information call the Farm Curator at (860) 767-0674.