Preserving the past, to educate the future.

Hearthside Dinners: Food & history unite

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A small gathering of guests joins in the preparation of a 19th-century meal, cooked on the open hearth. Dressed in period costume, Interpreters guide guests as they learn about historic food ingredients, preparation and cooking tools.

The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as the fire crackles and guests learn to bake, churn, season, stir and roast seasonal foods to create an authentic farm supper. Once dinner is prepared, guests gather, family style, at the hearth table to relish a savory meal and partake in lively conversation. The candles are lit, and the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee and a sweet dessert linger in the air.

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Each dinner occurs from 5–7 p.m. 

NOVEMBER 22, 2014 

Thanksgiving in the 19th Century
This dinner will focus on the importance of getting ready for winter by preserving the harvest, storing crops and processing animals for food and other uses, such as rendering fat (tallow) to be used in candle making. An introduction to the history of the Thanksgiving holiday and how it was recognized in New England will also be shared. Guests cook guided by costumed interpreters using 19th century recipes and cookery methods. No food accompodations for this meal.  SOLD OUT!

Hearth roasted turkey w/bread dressing
Sugared winter squash
Boiled potato, turnip & onion
Creamed parsnips
Buttermilk biscuits w/churned butter
Cranberry relish
Ginger cake w/whipped cream
Coffee, tea, apple cider


Important information about Hearthside Dinners:

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  • Reservations are taken 30 days in advance;
    first come, first served.
  • Payment in full is expected at the time of the reservation,
    as seating is limited.
  • Hearthside Dinners are $40 per person
    (adults ages 18 and up, please).

  • Guests are welcome to bring their own beer/wine.
  • To reserve your spot at the table please call
    (603) 323-7591 or toll free 1 (800) 686-6117.
    Reservations or questions about reservations may also be emailed to Sheena Harte:
    Any questions about our dinners may be emailed to Program Manager Erica Boynton:


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Photos courtesy Nicole Nadolski

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