Beat the Heat: Arctic Soda Fountain Beverages Historic Trades Workshop

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Date: July 31, 2015
Contact: Melinda Day, 304-535-6063
Contact: John King, 304-535-6064

On Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 2015, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, join confections and historic foodways expert Carol Anderson and the park’s living history staff to beat the summer heat by learning to make refreshing Victorian sodas. 

Sodas began to appear in Harpers Ferry before the American Civil War and were aimed at the hot, dusty travelers and local citizens. Newspaper advertisements from the 1860s report: “In anticipation of warm weather, the proprietors will put in full blast their Soda Fountain, from which they are at any time, during the summer months, prepared to draw the coolest and most delicious beverage, flavored with an almost endless variety of elegant syrups to contribute to the comfort of those who may be nearly or entirely overcome with the heat.” 

Workshops will be offered each day from 1-4pm. A workshop fee, which covers supply costs, is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children up to 12 years of age. Pre-registration for this event is required, as space in each class is limited to 15 participants. Visit our Historic Trades Workshops page of the website or call the Harpers Ferry Historical Association at 304-535-6881 for more information about registering for this workshop.


Last updated: July 31, 2015

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