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Programs & Events of 2021

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.

 

4th of July celebration on July 3rd

 Join us from 12:30-2:00 on Saturday July 3rd to celebrate our Nation's birthday.  The Festive Brass quintet will perform a brass concert of patriotic music. The 4th of July is also a traditional date for new citizens to be naturalized.  We will hear a few remarks from a German gentleman who came to America for one year in 1969 and has stayed for 52 years, becoming a United States citizen in his time here.  Join us to raise the flag and celebrate.  Tours of the historic house will take place from 2-3:30.   RSVP's absolutetly required at 610 525 0201 or HarritonHouse@aol.com.  Bring a picnic lunch and celebrate a birthday!  RSVP's please!

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Campers carding wool from the sheep.
Harriton Apprenticeship Summer Camp

 Our summer camps allow today's youngsters to learn to feed sheep and a horse and to bottle feed calves. We'll work with traditional tools in woodworking, blacksmithing, and bookbinding. We'll tour through the historic house and learn about antique houses and furniture. We'll run down and have lunch on the creekbed, and on the last day we have our big picnic! Harriton's "Apprenticeships" are designed for children aged 11-16. Our summer camps in the 2021 season will be run on these dates:

 

  • June 28- July2

 

  •  Agust 2-6

 

Camps run from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Each week is priced at $300.00 per child. Fee includes all materials and the big picnic on the last day of the week. Please call (610) 525 - 0201 to reserve your child's spot in our program, spots are limited, then send your completed registration form to HarritonHouse@aol.com, or by snail mail to P.O. Box 1364, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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Annual Beekeeping and Honey Festival

Honeybees are kept in the Harriton Park, and our annual public beekeeping program will be held on July 31st from 11:30 am- 2pm - weather permitting.  Adults and children can try on beesuits, visit the hives, and help extract honey. Come and learn about the importance of the honeybee to our landscape and to our food supply. This is a free event and open to the public --- BUT RESERVATIONS are absolutely necessary.  This is a family event; children are welcome, and we will have special a table of activities for little ones. Please call or write for reservations and information. 

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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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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! 

May 15th 9:30 - Noon

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

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Beginning Blacksmithing: From Colonial Times to Present

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

June 12th 9:00am-3:00pm

Register through Main Line 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.

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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.

  • June 26th from 10 am- 3 pm

Check out Main Line 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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Dairy Days Ice Cream Social! Honoring Fathers on Father's Day!

Come and eat very special Guernsey ice cream at an old fashioned ice cream social on Father's Day, Sunday afternoon, June 20th, 2020, 1:00 PM

SPECIAL TREAT for Father's Day:  Father's (or any reasonable facsimilie thereof) eat ice cream for free that afternoon. 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!  See and meet the "Guernsey Girls",  Guernsey cows from the last 100% Guernsey herd in Pennsylvania which will be visiting historic Harriton for the week.  The ice cream to be served is Yoder's Ice Cream, made in Lancaster County  from rich Guernsey milk and cream.   Don't miss it!  $6.00 per person, $30.00 for families of 6 or more (Dad's eat free!)

From 1909 until almost 1930, Harriton was known as the Harriton Guernsey Dairy. This farm, which provided rich milk and cream to the neighborhood, was  an active and important participant in a flourishing dairy industry in southeastern Pennsylvania. Today  we are familiar with concerns about our food supply and the debates over pesticides, growth hormones, and unpronouncable chemical names listed as ingredients in what we eat.  This is not the first time that the American public has become aware of  what is in our food.  You may remember reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle when you were in high school.  The growth and quality of Pennsylvania's modern dairy industry is directly related to similar concerns for milk at the turn of the 20th century, and the Harriton Guernsey Dairy  was part of that evolution. We will explore through programs and an exhibit the early 20th century dairies in and near Lower Merion Township, including herd types, estates, and a collection of embossed milk bottles from 35 dairies - only one of which still sells milk today (can you guess which one?).  We will have programs for children,  a trip to a dairy farm, Guernsey cows visiting the Harriton park ,  a small exhibit of old milk bottles and dairy equipment,and the ice-cream social.  Reservations required. Please e-mail us at HarritonHouse@aol.com, or phone us at 610 525 0201. Or you can purchase your tickets online by clicking the link below: 

Ice Cream Social
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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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