Adventures In The Old World

Join us at Riley’s Farm each Saturday for Adventures in the Old World and experience life in the 18th century! Each Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM we offer our tried and true farm favorites, so you can hone your skills as an archer or increase your marksmanship with a tomahawk throw all year long.  We’re also expanding our Saturday offerings as each month now features a new specialty focus and challenge in the life of a colonist during the American Revolution.  This February, try your hand at “Wool to Woven” – utilizing raw wool, cleaning, dying, and weaving it into your own creations. Later this year, you can live out the day as a Minuteman and discover the weapons and camp life of the early American.  There’s something new for the whole family to try all year long.  Adventures in the Old World will bring you closer to the lives of our forefathers!

The Past is Only a Moment Away…

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For an inside look at one family’s Saturday visit, check out this video by “Look Who’s Traveling”:


January

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Adventures In the Old World

Join us for our favorite Adventures in the Old World from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at exciting outdoor activities like tomahawk throwing and archery (ages 8+), hand-dip your own candle, and witness the art of blacksmithing in the 18th Century.


February

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Wool to Woven

Wool to Woven hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Regular A.O.W. after until 3:30 p.m.)

The art of using wool to create cloth was an essential skill colonists relied on to sustain their lives. Learn this important survival skill first hand on Saturday mornings in February!

Part “A” – “Preparing the fiber.” 10:00 a.m. Begin by cleaning out the raw wool with Wool Cards, and then constructing strands of fiber by using a drop spindle of your very own.

Part “B” – “Weaving.” 11:00 p.m. Learn how to dress a simple loom and several different weaving stitches.


March

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The Quartering Act: drama and challenges

Regular A.O.W. occurs from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. Quartering act performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

 Life was an exciting challenge for the colonists in early America. With common farming challenges like butter and cheese making, colonists truly lived off the land. In the midst of survival, the tyranny of King George III brought down heavy taxes, occupying soldiers, and even the Quartering Act, forcing folks to open their homes to quarter King’s men. Learn how to weave a basket, prepare meals, and cope with the King’s overbearing levies.


April

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18th Century Games

Regular A.O.W. occurs 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Game performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.  Oh, how those words ring true for life in the colonies! Experience early American games like Trap Ball, The Game of Graces, Hoop and Stick, Nine Man Morris, and many others. Create your own whirligig or a bull roarer to take home, and join in the fun this April!


May

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A Mother’s May

Regular A.O.W. occurs 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

It is May and Mother’s Day just around the corner! Learn the delicate manners of the colonial era in our comical and fun 18th Century Etiquette lesson. Enjoy a spot of tea, a warm sample of our fresh, homemade Sally Lunn bread, and try your hand at writing Mom a thank you note with classic Quill and Ink.


June

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A Father’s June

Regular A.O.W. occurs 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Calling all Militiamen! Take up your weapons and join the ranks! File in and join the Chesterfield Militia in the struggle for liberty. You’ll be tested as a soldier as you are drilled in the basic training of a Minuteman. Learn the accoutrements and weapons of a soldier, survive in camp, and fire a 1770’s musket! Join us this June for a military experience like none other!


July

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Colonial Faire

Regular A.O.W. occurs all day.  Admission to faire is required.

Join us for our Annual Colonial Faire aimed at entertaining and educating the public about life in the American colonies in the late 1700’s. The Township of Chesterfield comes to life with the hustle and bustle of tradesmen, farmers, soldiers, and true 18th century culture. Don’t miss Riley’s Farm’s presentation of a bustling colonial village at its finest!


August

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18th Century Games

Regular A.O.W. occurs 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.  Oh, how those words ring true for life in the colonies! Experience early American games like Trap Ball, The Game of Graces, Hoop and Stick, Nine Man Morris, and many others. Create your own whirligig or a bull roarer to take home, and join in the fun this April!


September

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Wool to Woven

Wool to Woven hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Regular A.O.W. after until 3:30 p.m.)

The art of using wool to create cloth was an essential skill colonists relied on to sustain their lives. Learn this important survival skill first hand on Saturday mornings in September!

Part “A” – “Preparing the fiber.” 10:00 a.m. Begin by cleaning out the raw wool with Wool Cards, and then constructing strands of fiber by using a drop spindle of your very own.

Part “B” – “Weaving.” 11:00 p.m. Learn how to dress a simple loom and several different weaving stitches.


October

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Adventures In the Old World

It’s October, and here on the farm that means Harvest time! And in the midst of your cider sipping and apple picking, join us for our favorite Adventures in the Old World from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at exciting outdoor activities like tomahawk throwing and archery (ages 8+), hand-dip your own candle, and witness the art of blacksmithing in the 18th Century.


November

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Camp life and Drill

Regular A.O.W. occurs 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Performance times – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Calling all Militiamen! Take up your weapons and join the ranks! File in and join the Chesterfield Militia in the struggle for liberty. You’ll be tested as a soldier as you are drilled in the basic training of a Minuteman. Learn the accouterments and weapons of a soldier, survive in camp, and fire a 1770’s musket! Join us this June for a military experience like none other!


December

Christmas

Christmas activities to be announced…