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Foodways: Herbal Concoctions, Tonics and Balms

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
Farmington, 06032

“Living History” expert Dennis Picard will discuss Herbal Concoctions, Tonics and Balms.

During your visit to the historic home in Farmington, drop by the “tavern kitchen” and learn about how some of the products of the dooryard garden were used. There will be demonstrations of making herbal concoctions and examples of tonics and balms. Featured will be Lavender herbed sugar, herb-infused vinegars, herb compound butter, and spring tonics.


Food in colonial times was much different compared to what we eat today. Religious beliefs, traditions, geography, growing season, harvest, and cooking methods all played a role in what was available and how much was eaten, with each region developing its unique dietary habits. “Living history” expert Dennis Picard will share anecdotes about New England colonial life while demonstrating how to start a fire and cook in the hearth or on an open campfire. We ask that you please register for this free program on Connecticut Historic Garden’s Day.


In 1935, Stanley-Whitman House was established as Farmington’s first museum. It is a nationally recognized historic house museum and living history center that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington, Connecticut. Programs, events, classes, and exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in history by doing, acting, questioning, and engaging in colonial life and the ideas that formed the foundation of that culture.

Located in the historic village of Farmington, the museum facility centers on a circa 1720 National Historic Landmark house furnished with period antiques to reflect the everyday activities of Colonial life in Connecticut. Surrounding the house are period-raised bed gardens, an apple orchard, and heritage stone walls.

The public service areas of the museum, constructed in 2004, include a modern classroom, a period tavern room, a post-and-beam Welcome Center, a research library, an exhibit gallery, the Nancy Conklin History Gallery, and a collection storage area.

In addition to managing Memento Mori, Farmington’s ancient cemetery on Main Street, and the Village Green, located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 10, the museum also oversees the Scott Swamp Cemetery on Route 6. The Stanley-Whitman House is supported in part by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.

At Stanley Whitman House, our commitment to accessibility is paramount. While not all of our programs are free, we strive to offer as many as possible at no cost, thanks to the generous support of our underwriters. If you wish to assist us in this mission, we welcome donations, which help us to expand further and diversify our range of activities. Your contributions play a crucial role in maintaining and increasing the accessibility of our programs.



Stanley-Whitman House
(860) 677-9222


Stanley-Whitman House
37 High Street
Farmington, 06032
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(860) 677-9222

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