Historic Trades Workshops

Volunteers practicing the art of tinsmithing
Volunteers practicing the art of tinsmithing

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The Harpers Ferry Park Association (HFPA), specially skilled park rangers, and contractors offer workshops throughout the year that focus on 19th century trades.
Many of these workshops require pre-registration and payment with the HFPA. To register, call 304-535-6881 or visit the HFPA website.


George Washington's Birthday Cherry Pie Workshop

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00pm | Lower Town, Confectionary

Instructor: Melinda Day
Workshop Fee: $50.00 per person (Minimum age to participate is 12 years old with a registered adult) Includes baking ingredients and instruction in oven management.
Registration closes on Feb 9, 2019
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants
Description: Celebrate George Washington's birthday by baking cherry pie the old-fashioned way! On Saturday, February 16, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will offer a 3-hour baking workshop, where participants will have the chance to bake and enjoy a slice of fresh fruit pie baked the 19th century way on a wood or coal burning stove.
Learn about the connections between the town’s early industrial history and local immigrant Baker and Brewer, Frederick Roeder. Compare 19th century baking methods and discover how the historic Victorian system of food production, today called the slow food movement, was achieved.


The Art of the Forge: A Blacksmith Workshop

Two-day workshop | Saturday-Sunday June 8-9, 2019 | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Lower Town, Blacksmith Shop

Instructor: David Dufficy
Workshop Fee: $150.00 per person (Minimum age to participate is 18 years old) Includes materials, supplies, and instruction.
Registration closes on June 8, 2019
Class Size: Limited to 6 participants
Description: Nineteenth century blacksmiths were crucial. Their trade varied from keeping doors on hinges and wagons in proper working order to making weapons in the town's US Armory for national century. Learn this historic trade and echo the clang of the hammer on hot iron - just as they did 150 years ago!


"While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads”

Saturdays and Sundays, December 7, 8, 14, 15 | Two classes offered each day at 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00 – 4:00pm | Lower Town, Confectionery

Instructor: Carol Anderson
Workshop Fee: $25.00 per person (Children under 6 years old may attend for free with a registered adult) Includes supplies for candy recipes and instruction from a foodways expert.
Registration closes on November 24, 2019
Class Size: Limited to 4 participants per class
Description: A Victorian candy-making workshop. Learn the art and mystery of the confectioner’s Yuletide trade of making treats. Explore the world of sugar work and making of clear toy candy.

Last updated: February 5, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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