Living History Trade Demo: Broom Making
July 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
Learn about the art of Colonial, pre-industrial, broom making. The broom making trade has a long history. It started in New England before independence as a cottage trade practiced by farmers in their off season and developed in our country to a large-scale industry. Whatever workable materials that were locally available were utilized: brush, twigs, straw, leaves and much more were tied to a handle and used to sweep. In post-colonial New England – in 1797 – Levi Dickinson, a farmer in Hadley, Massachusetts, grew broom corn and invented tools and equipment to make a sturdy, long-lasting broom. Demonstration is given in person, free, family friendly, and with registration required.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Stanley-Whitman House, a National Historic Landmark, is a living history center and museum that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of 17th to 19th-Century 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, Stanley-Whitman House is centered on a ca. 1720 National Historical 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 museum also manages Village Green (located at the intersection of Rtes. 4 and 10), Memento Mori Cemetery (Farmington’s ancient burial ground on Main Street), and the Scott Swamp Cemetery.
Since 1935, Stanley-Whitman House operates under the auspices of and has been supported in part by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.