In Colonial New England, Thanksgiving was the most exciting time of the year. Families gave thanks for the harvest and renewed family ties and friendships. Just like today, families traveled to get together and a special meal was the focal point.
At the Welles-Shipman-Ward House in South Glastonbury, Thanksgiving is Here! will be held Sunday, November 19 from noon until 3:00pm. The house will be open and full of demonstrations conveying the hustle and bustle of the holiday. There will be tours of the 1755 Connecticut River valley mansion, two of the barns, and the new tobacco shed will be open. You’ll see how vegetables would have been preserved, as well as some examples of heirloom vegetables that are similar to some of the veggies that would have been available to the colonial house wife. The fire will be going and you’ll see demonstrations of some of the treats that a family might have enjoyed on their Thanksgiving table that aren't commonly eaten today. The cooking demonstration will include chicken pie, which was one of the great delicacies, which visitors can sample, as well as a Marlborough Pudding. So bring the family and friends, travel back in time to Colonial Glassenbury, and come home for the biggest holiday of the year because Thanksgiving is Here!