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Programs & Events of 2022

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. Admission to the house is $10.00 per adult, students free.  Group visits of more than 5 persons should make their reservations at least a week in advance.  We highly recommend that you call ahead to schedule your tour.  Please note that tours last approximately half an hour and require climbing stairs to reach the upper floors of the house.  The first floor of Harriton House is accessible. 

The grounds of the park are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk everyday. Come stroll along the grounds which feature perennial gardens, a children's play house, shade trees, a stream, and paths through the Harriton Preserve.  No visit to Harriton House would be complete without a stop by the barn to greet the animals.  Bring a picnic but be sure to leave behind only your footprints. 

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.  Field trips are our specialty with opportunities for learning and recreation.  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.

 

Check out some of our events on Eventbrite- https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-harriton-association-13130675800

 

Furniture Study Day with Dr. Philip Zimmerman

Harriton House Furniture Study Day

Two Sessions:  Wednesday June 8th or Friday, June 10, 2022

 

The Harriton Association is pleased to partner with Dr. Philip D. Zimmerman for a day of special access and in-depth study of furniture in the Harriton House collection. Harriton’s little-known furniture collections include a side chair by Philadelphia cabinetmaker William Savery, a desk and bookcase made c. 1801 in Odessa, Delaware by John Janvier, and a great Philadelphia armchair. Philip, a museum consultant, and widely published authority on early American furniture, will examine these and other objects to address identification, construction, condition, and related questions and in response to participants’ questions and interests.

 The dates for this adventure are Wednesday June 8th and  Friday, June 10th.  Participation in this Study Day is limited to ensure that everyone has a full opportunity to participate and so that we can fit into the small spaces at Harriton House.  The day will start from 9:00 to 9:30 with coffee and welcome remarks in the Administration Building. We will break for a boxed lunch and will end around 4:00 p.m.     

 

Particulars

 Enrollment in this Furniture Study Day is first come, first served.  The cost is $150.00 per person ($120.00 for members of The Harriton Association) which includes morning coffee, lunch, and a donation to the Harriton Association.  To hold your place, please email Philip or Laura (email addresses listed below).  Checks, payable to The Harriton Association must be received by no later than Wednesday, June 1st to secure your spot.  The Harriton Association can also accept payment via credit card. Please contact the office at 610-525-0201 should you prefer to pay with a credit card.  In your registration email, please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.   

 Transportation to and from Harriton House will be your responsibility.  There is ample parking at Harriton House.  If you wish to take the train to Bryn Mawr, the station is a 1.5 mile walk to Harriton but note that there are no sidewalks along the entire route.  We suggest taking Uber to Harriton from the Bryn Mawr station which serves  SEPTA regional rail on the Paoli/Thorndale Line.  At the day’s end, we can arrange for drop-off back at the train station.  We will circulate a list of names and email addresses of attendees should you with to arrange a carpool or pickup/drop-off at the train station.

 Philip’s furniture study days can fill up quickly, so check your calendar and register as soon as possible.  You will be able to immerse yourself in the design, materials, and construction of some engaging furniture as well as discuss your questions and reactions in this enjoyable, personal, and special-access format.    

 Please note that you will get absolutely no credit from any certifying organizations for participating in this Study Day.  You will be able to examine and discuss lots of first-rate regional furniture in a format unmatched anywhere else. 

 

 

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Book Repair with Ramon Townsend - Clothbinding

Join us Saturday June 11th to learn how repair the damage of the toll of time on your treasured antique volumes.  This class will cover the repair of cloth bound books. 

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: $115/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- sign up through the Eventbrite link above.

 

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Father's Day Ice Cream Social

 Harkening back to Harriton's early 20th century history as a dairy farm, we've planned a fun afternoon celebrating Dad with delicious ice cream.

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. The growth and quality of Pennsylvania's modern dairy industry is directly related to food purity and safety concerns for milk at the turn of the 20th century, and the Harriton Guernsey Dairy was part of that evolution.

Tickets include "all you can eat" Golden Guernsey Ice Cream produced with milk and cream from cows who are direct descendants from the cows which were once a part of the Harriton herd, yard games, and other surprises. We won't know what flavors are available until closer to the event but chocolate and vanilla are guaranteed. Specialty flavors may include coffee, rocky road, strawberry, and butter pecan. There will also be sugar-free and no sugar added choices as well.

As always, FATHERS or your DESIGNATED FATHER FIGURE EAT FREE!

Reservations are required so we know how much ice cream we'll need! For more information email to: info@harritonhouseorg

The Ice Cream Social will be held rain or shine, the first floor of historic Harriton House is accessible as is the Education Room .  

 

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Harriton Historic Skills Series: Tape Weaving Workshop

Tape Weaving Workshop

June 25, 2022

$60.00 per person $50 for members of the Harriton Association
Class limited to 6 participants
 Do you have a tape loom and would like to know how to use it, or perhaps want to learn how to use one before purchasing your own?  This creative workshop will focus on all aspects of weaving the narrow bands known as 'tape' in the 18th century.  We will cover everything from the basics of how to measure and warp either the box or floor tape loom, through the mechanics of actually weaving, to a critique on how to weave "good" tape. During the lunch break there will be enough time to relax and explore the lovely property here at Harriton House. Participants are asked to bring: Tape loom and shuttle (if you have one...if you don't have one please note that on your registration) note paper & pen (there will also be handouts) and lunch & beverage, although the site will provide coffee and tea.

 

 

Leading the class is Ruth Konrad from Bally PA. Ruth has been joyfully weaving for 35 years, on both cloth looms and tape looms. Her studies include 18th century domestic life, cooking, sewing, as well as spinning and weaving; She has worked at the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, and Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro. An example of her work is on display at Peter Wentz Farmstead in the form of a linsey-woolsey coat and waistcoat in their exhibit on the Farmstead's historic slave named Jack.

 

 

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Harriton Historic Skills Series: Papermaking with Cozy Bendesky

 7/16 Harriton Historic Skills Series: Papermaking with Cozy Bendesky $60.00 ((HA members $50.00) Registration limited to 8 participants.

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Harriton History Camp Home Farm Adventures July 25 - 29, 2022

The Harriton Association is pleased to announce a new series of history themed week-long camp sessions for the Summer of 2022.  Campers will participate each week in activities centered around life at Harriton House across three centuries.  We will explore and learn about the life and times of actual Harriton residents. From the early 1700’s when the farm was established as Bryn Mawr through the early 20th century when it became famous as a Golden Guernsey dairy.   Activities include caring for the farm animals, making paper, baking/cooking in the historic kitchen, exploring the creek, playing 18th and early 19th century games, bookmaking, paper marbling, and churning ice cream.  Each day will bring another set of adventures to discover and opportunities for creative play.  

Camp is lead by The Harriton Association’s professional museum staff, talented living history volunteers, and by counselors with previous Harriton Association camp experience.  Suitable for children ages 8 - 12 years of age, Harriton History Camp will meet or exceed Pennsylvania State standards for History education for grades 3 - 6 and will offer a unique setting for experiential learning.  Campers bring their own lunches. The Harriton Association will provide a daily snack and drinking water.  History Camp is a technology-free experience.  Campers may bring a cell phone with them to camp but all phones will be left in the office during camp hours.  Registration is limited to 15 campers per week.  We will require compliance with any COVID-19 protocols mandated by Montgomery County at the time of camp.  

Harriton History Camp is open to all children with a sense of adventure who have completed 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade (or the equivalent) in the Spring of 2021.  We encourage early enrollment, as camp space is limited and enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Camp Tuition

$300.00 per child per week

$250.00 per child per week for members of The Harriton Association

Register for camp by calling  610-525-0201 or by

 email to: info@harritonhouse.org.

 

 

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Harriton History Camp Home 300 Years of History August 1 - 5, 2022

 The Harriton Association is pleased to announce a new series of history themed week-long camp sessions for the Summer of 2022.  Campers will participate each week in activities centered around life at Harriton House across three centuries.  We will explore and learn about the life and times of actual Harriton residents. From the early 1700’s when the farm was established as Bryn Mawr through the early 20th century when it became famous as a Golden Guernsey dairy.   Activities include caring for the farm animals, making paper, baking/cooking in the historic kitchen, exploring the creek, playing 18th and early 19th century games, bookmaking, paper marbling, and churning ice cream.  Each day will bring another set of adventures to discover and opportunities for creative play.  

Camp is lead by The Harriton Association’s professional museum staff, talented living history volunteers, and by counselors with previous Harriton Association camp experience.  Suitable for children ages 8 - 12 years of age, Harriton History Camp will meet or exceed Pennsylvania State standards for History education for grades 3 - 6 and will offer a unique setting for experiential learning. Campers bring their own lunches. The Harriton Association will provide a daily snack and drinking water.  History Camp is a technology-free experience.  Campers may bring a cell phone with them to camp but all phones will be left in the office during camp hours.  Registration is limited to 15 campers per week.  We will require compliance with any COVID-19 protocols mandated by Montgomery County at the time of camp.  

Harriton History Camp is open to all children with a sense of adventure who have completed 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade (or the equivalent) in the Spring of 2021.  We encourage early enrollment, as camp space is limited and enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 Camp Tuition

$300.00 per child per week

$250.00 per child per week for members of The Harriton Association

 

Register for camp by calling  610-525-0201 or by

 email to: info@harritonhouse.org.

 

 

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Farmstead Fair

The 32nd Annual Harriton Farmstead Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, 10am to 4pm (rain or shine). This major event in Lower Merion Township features crafts, antiques, historic house tours, childrens' games, muskets and soldiers, blacksmiths, stone carvers, cabinetmakers, spinners, skep [beehive] weavers, Bluegrass music, falconry and other birds of prey, and much more. The Fair also features the Harriton Attic Treasures Booth, which is the best flea market on the Main Line, the Harriton Farm stand featuring flowers and organic produce (some of which is from the Harriton garden). The Historic 1704 House will be open for tours during the day. Don't miss the day!

All of these activities and your contributions help to assure Harriton's continued operation as an historic site.  Call  610 525 0201 for further information. And be sure to COME TO THE FAIR.   Visit our Photo Gallery for views of past Harriton Fairs.   Contact us at 610 525 0201 or info@harritonhouse.org for further information.

 

 

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Autumn Apple Tasting

Can't find a good apple at the supermarket?  Join us for the annual Harriton Apple Tasting celebration on October the 29th at 2:00 pm. $8.00 admission. Children under 6 years are free to enter. Brief apple presentation PROMPTLY at 2:00 with a tasting of delights following.!

So come taste, decide, and buy your autumn apples not available in the supermarket. Pumpkins also available.  It is THAT time of year.  RSVP's ARE A MUST.

Apples are a fruit to love. Come and  sample heirloom varieties of America's favorite fruit - tart, sweet, crunchy, soft-fleshed, yellow, pink, and green.  Some of our apple varieties are over 300 years old, others are more modern..  Apples were extremely important in colonial America.  They were eaten "out of hand";  they were baked into pies or baked by themselves; they were cut and dried into "schnitz" for use all winter long; or, they were converted to cider (hard and soft) and vinegar. Learn who Johnny Appleseed was (yes, he was a real person) and why he spread the seeds he did.  You will also learn that apples don't "come true" from seed and how we do get the delicious varieties which survive today.  Charles Thomson who lived here at Harriton was a nurseryman who grew apples and other fruits.  All this while you munch apple slices, and partake of a glass of cider. 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, Call us at 610 525 0201 or email us at info@harritonhouse.org. Don't Miss It! Children welcome if well behaved.  Apples will be available for purchase.  

 

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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. 

 

  • Classes are offered Monday through Friday 10am to 11:30am and Tuesdays 12:30pm to 2pm
     

 

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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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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