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Programs & Events of 2020

Come visit Harriton House! To sign up for any of our clases or for any questions call us at (610) 525-0201.

Daily visits and t
ours through the historic Harriton House:

Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm by appointment only. Admission to the house is $6.00 per adult, students free.  Group visits of more than 5 persons should make their reservations at least a week in advance. 

The grounds of the park are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk everyday. Come stroll along the grounds and visit our barn animals. 

School Groups and visits:

We invite teachers and students to utilize Harriton as an educational resource, and we will work with teachers to tailor a program to specific interests or curriculum needs in field trips.  We especially enjoy working with homeschooled individuals and groups.  Please call us to discuss your needs or requests. 

Click on one of the red links here to see a specific program or just scroll through the page below.

 

 NOTICE!!


Please note that attendance to all events is severly limited this year due to the pandemic- reserve your spot early!

Please note that masks and social distancing will be required.

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The 30th Annual Harriton Farmstead Fair

The Harriton Fair has been reimagined this year as a bluegrass concert on September 26th from 11am till 2pm. There will be treasures for sale, tours of the historic house, and blacksmithing demos. Reservations are a must this year as space will be limited. Tickets are avalible for $25 a piece, children under 10 are free.

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Turn, Turn, Turn, Introduction to Woodturning

Everything from bowls to candlesticks to staircase parts and fountain pens can be made on the lathe. Lathe turning is a popular hobby for young and old(er), and it was historically a popular pastime of nobility.

  • Sauturday October 17th

Check out Chester County School Night for dates, times, and registration details.

Get a lesson in sharpening (which might even come in handy around Thanksgiving - turkeys as well as wood need sharp tools!). Come and be introduced to the pleasures of creating your personal pen, candlestick, baby rattle, or spinning top (take THAT home to your grandchildren and see what happens!). We will look at the historic Harriton House and its contents to see lathe-turned objects from the 1700's.  

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Beginning Blacksmithing: From Colonial Times to Present

Beginning Blacksmithing will be offered at Harriton House on Saturdays on these dates: 

October 10th 9:00am-3:00pm

November 14th 9:00am-3:00pm

December 15th 9:00am-3:00pm

Register through Main Line School Night or Chester County School Night.

Come and work with Harriton Curator Bruce Gill and master blacksmith Stephen Sears, of Sears IronWorks in Ottsville, PA. You will learn about tools and fire and coal and metals. There will be a reference library of books and forged iron objects to see and handle. You will get hands-on experience in shaping small items of forged iron (steel actually), and you will go home with the product of your labor and instruction. Younger, older, or somewhere in the middle, or whether you think you have large biceps or small ones, you can participate.

Call us at (610) 525- 0201 to reserve your spot, the class is $115 including materials.

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The Art of Beekeeping: a Beginning Beekeeping Course

Learn about the importance of the honeybee to our landscape.  Dress up in a beesuit and participate in the installation of package bees in the apiary at historic Harriton. Taste the differences in various honeys and savor the taste of Harriton's award winning honey. You will attend a meeting of the Harriton Beekeepers group, where you can meet and rub elbows with local beekeepers from the age of 11 to 89.   Coffee, donuts, and lots of good information provided! 

Saturday October 24th 9:30 - Noon

Register at Main Line School Night or by calling us at (610) 525-0201.

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Bookbinding Workshop Series ~ Beginning Bookbinding

 

Come to Harriton House on October 31st to learn how to make a book from scratch. Paper sewn together with your own hand will be bound on the spine with genuine leather, with the cover face finished in exotic marbled paper! Bookbinder Ramon Townsend, who trained at Colonial Williamsburg, will join us to teach, step by step, how to make your own hand sewn leather bound book! Bring your volumes in disrepair for a free evaluation.

 

Reservations absolutely required. To RSVP, you can do so through Eventbrite, or by calling our office at: 610 525 0201 or by email: HarritonHouse@aol.com.   Course fee of $110.00 includes all supplies, plus coffee & donuts provided. Bring a bagged lunch.

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Bookbinding Workshop Series ~ Full Leather Bookbinding

In a full day workshop building upon the bookbinding class, we will gather on November 21st to learn how to emboss and decorate the leather of our book covers, working with Colonial Williamsburg trained Ramon Townsend. The students will take home a 3/4 leather or fully leather bound book. They will learn new techniques that are not taught in the basic course such as Rounding & Backing; Headbanding; and Blind & Gold Tooling the leather.

All materials are included, and tools will be provided.

Cost per Person: $110

Class size is limited to 4 people. Participants must be over the age of 14. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Again, pre-registrations are necessary and classes are limited to 4 students per class (lots of personal attention and help!)

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Bookbinding Workshop Series ~ Antique Book Repair and First Aid for Old Books

Join us Saturday December 12th to learn how repair the damage of the toll of time on your treasured antique volumes.

Participants will be taught basic book repair techniques, and in the process learn about the book’s components and traditional hand bookbinding methods. They will dissect a book and reassemble it. Particpants will deconstruct the book by detaching the covers and spine; removing the sewing; and disassembling the text. They will then reconstruct their book by performing page repair; resewing the text; and rehinging the covers and spine.

You don't have to have your own book to attend, if you still would like to learn this skill we will provide you with one. All additional materials are included, and tools will be provided.

Cost per Person: $110/Adult 

Class size is limited to 4 people. Participants must be over the age of 18.

Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 5-6 hours with a lunch break

Registrations are required

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Furniture Studies at Harriton House with Furniture Historian Philip Zimmerman

Come learn about the history of the furniture on dispaly at Harriton House on Saturday November 7th from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm with Furniture Historian Philip Zimmerman. We will explore several of Harriton's most historic pieces with lots of time for hands on examination and questions. Lunch will be provided! The class costs $135 and is limited to 15 participents.

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Pandora's Garden - A Parent and Child Nature Class

This special program for members of the Harriton Association is a toddler nature class designed to stimulate and expand young inquisitive minds. Activities are directed towards children of eighteen months to three years, although babies and children of all ages are welcome and will benefit from play and discovery in the beautiful surroundings of Harriton House. The private cottage in the grounds of Harriton House provides the perfect setting for children and caregivers to explore the wonders of nature together. Children will plant flowers and vegetables in their own private garden. On warm sunny days we will hold teddy-bear picnics, read stories and sing songs in the open air. Creative activities such as painting are also held outside weather permitting. Babies under 6 months are always free. Sessions are seasonal, being held in the spring and in the fall. 

 

Tuesdays and Fridays Begining September 8

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Thursdays Begining September 10th

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
     

 

For further information or to register online please visit https://pandorasgardenblog.com

Please make your payment out to the Harriton Association. Thank you!

 

 

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Be a Blacksmith: Homeschoolers Immersion Series

Beginning Blacksmithing will be offered at Harriton House on Tuesdays, October 6th to November 24th for Homeschoolers aged 12 to16. 

Come and work with Harriton's blacksmiths to learn about tools and fire and coal and metals. There will be a reference library of books and forged iron objects to see and handle. You will get hands-on experience in shaping small items of forged iron (steel actually), and you will go home with the product of your labor and instruction. For homeschoolers and their industrious parents, whether you think you have large biceps or small ones, you can participate. For further information and to register, contact Harriton by e-mail at HarritonHouse@aol.com or by old fashioned telephone at 610 525 0201.

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Classes held through Main Line School Night & Chester County Night School

 Looking for additoional dates? Check out courses offered through both Main Line School Night and Chester County School night at the links below.

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