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. 

February 8  (5-7pm):
Presidential Feast

Polk’s Roasted Ham with Molasses Sauce

Washington’s Fish (trout) Fritters

Jefferson’s Sweet Corn Pudding 

Buchanan’s Pennsylvania Red Cabbage

Adam’s Corn Bread with Fresh Churned Butter

Madison’s Woodbury Cake with Spiced Whipped Cream

Monroe’s Minted Fruit Cordial, Tea & Coffee

Hearthside Tavern Dinner
NEW! A unique opportunity to watch and learn from our costumed foodways interpreters as they prepare your meal on our 19th century open hearth.

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. 

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 to know 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). 
    Please let us know while making your reservations
    if you have any dietary concerns or allergies.
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own beer or 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 can also be emailed to our Finance Manager, Sheena Harte:
    Any questions about our menus, dietary concerns, etc.,
    may be emailed to our Program Manager, Erica Boynton:


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Photos courtesy Nicole Nadolski

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