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Throughout the year, Newlin Grist Mill hosts a number of special events, ranging from family-friendly festivals to reserved-seating dinners. No matter what your interests, chances are that you will find something to love with our annual events.

For information about Newlin Grist Mill’s regular program series, click here.

You can find a full calendar of events here.

Sep
25
Sat
History at Work
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
History at Work @ Newlin Grist Mill

Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania and to the operation of Newlin Grist Mill.

In 2021, the program will take place on the last Saturday of the month from July through October, 10am-3pm. Planned demonstrations include:

  • July – Millwrighting
  • August – Soap-making
  • September – Blacksmithing
  • October – Food Preservation

“History at Work” is free and open to the public of all ages.

Demonstrations this season will not include hands-on participation and will be socially distanced for health and safety.

Oct
2
Sat
CANCELLED – Newlin Grist Mill’s Harvest Festival
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
CANCELLED - Newlin Grist Mill's Harvest Festival @ Newlin Grist Mill

It is with much sadness, we made the decision to cancel the 2021 Fall Harvest Festival at Newlin Grist Mill.

Like many of you, our staff have been anticipating the return of this event all year. While the decision was not made lightly, circumstances beyond our control make it the responsible decision. We are still recovering from the flooding and currently face a shortage of staff and volunteers, and some demonstrators are choosing not to attend. The COVID transmission risk remains high in our area and the health of our staff, volunteers, demonstrators, and community is a priority. While the event is outdoors, attendees must all travel on shuttle buses to and from the festival.

We hope that our community understand this difficult decision and will join us for an even better event next year. We are planning a food-themed event!

Oct
14
Thu
The (Virtual) Newlin Series – “Making Sense of Women’s Textile Work in the Long 18th Century”
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters.

Sponsored by Team Toyota, our 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women & work. Like last year’s series, it will be offered virtually via Zoom. Visit The Newlin Series page for the full slate of presentations.

 


In this lecture, Emily Whitted and Eliza West share their expertise in women’s textile work in early America. Both expert craftspeople in their own right, West and Whitted will intertwine the stories of stitchers, knitters, and spinners found in the history books with their own hands-on knowledge of fiber and craft. This talk will explore not only the different types of textile work which women performed, but also the blurred lines between domestic and professional labor.

Emily Whitted is a current PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Eliza West is an independent scholar and a former Lois F. McNeil Fellow at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

 

 

Oct
21
Thu
The (Virtual) Newlin Series – “Chefs & Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchens”
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters.

Sponsored by Team Toyota, our 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women & work. Like last year’s series, it will be offered virtually via Zoom. Visit The Newlin Series page for the full slate of presentations.

 


Three generations of enslaved cooks prepared the meals in Jefferson’s kitchens. All except one were French trained, either in France itself, or by French chefs. No wonder the meals at Monticello are still famous today after 200 years. In this talk, attendees will learn the names and stories of these chefs and spend some time in their kitchens to see the skills and technologies they used to produce meals “half-French half-Virginian.”

Leni Sorensen was born in California, was a folksinger and a member of the cast of the musical HAIR, and at one time catered to movie crews and started a tamale business. She farmed for eight years in South Dakota and earned her MA/PhD from William & Mary. Retired from six years as the African American Research Historian at Monticello she lectures and writes on issues of food history and teaches rural life skills from her farmstead home in western Albemarle County (www.indigohouse.us).

 

Oct
30
Sat
History at Work
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
History at Work @ Newlin Grist Mill

Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania and to the operation of Newlin Grist Mill.

In 2021, the program will take place on the last Saturday of the month from July through October, 10am-3pm. Planned demonstrations include:

  • July – Millwrighting
  • August – Soap-making
  • September – Blacksmithing
  • October – Food Preservation

“History at Work” is free and open to the public of all ages.

Demonstrations this season will not include hands-on participation and will be socially distanced for health and safety.

Nov
6
Sat
Tavern Night – SOLD OUT
Nov 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tavern Night - SOLD OUT @ Newlin Grist Mill

First seating: 4:30-6:30pm – SOLD OUT!
Second seating: 7:30-9:30pm – SOLD OUT!

Tavern Night is back for 2021, with a few modifications for the health of our guests. This year, we will be hosting two seatings, with a maximum number of 25 people per seating.

Tavern Night is a one-of-a-kind evening of 18th-century food, drink, and music. Participants will enjoy the warmth of the fire as they delight in a selection of flavors and aromas representative of those found in a colonial tavern.

All tavern goers will be served sample-sized courses of various foods and drink that are based on period receipts (recipes). A variety of punches, flip, and other beverages will be served along with fresh (non-alcoholic) cider. Period music, a live auction, and games will provide entertainment for the evening.

Proceeds from this fundraiser provide valuable internship opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career in history, museums, archaeology, and related disciplines.

Cost: $70/person. You must be 21 years or older to attend.

Tavern Night – SOLD OUT
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tavern Night - SOLD OUT @ Newlin Grist Mill

First seating: 4:30-6:30pm – SOLD OUT!
Second seating: 7:30-9:30pm – SOLD OUT!

Tavern Night is back for 2021, with a few modifications for the health of our guests. This year, we will be hosting two seatings, with a maximum number of 25 people per seating.

Tavern Night is a one-of-a-kind evening of 18th-century food, drink, and music. Participants will enjoy the warmth of the fire as they delight in a selection of flavors and aromas representative of those found in a colonial tavern.

All tavern goers will be served sample-sized courses of various foods and drink that are based on period receipts (recipes). A variety of punches, flip, and other beverages will be served along with fresh (non-alcoholic) cider. Period music, a live auction, and games will provide entertainment for the evening.

Proceeds from this fundraiser provide valuable internship opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career in history, museums, archaeology, and related disciplines.

Cost: $70/person. You must be 21 years or older to attend.

Nov
14
Sun
The (Virtual) Newlin Series – “Making Ends Meet: Working Women in the 18th Century”
Nov 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters.

Sponsored by Team Toyota, our 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women & work. Like last year’s series, it will be offered virtually via Zoom. Visit The Newlin Series page for the full slate of presentations.

 


This program will be a discussion focused on women in industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries by Amanda Doggett. She will also cover challenges facing women in traditional industries today, as well as the difficulties of researching women’s history in general.

Amanda Doggett is an Apprentice Joiner at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her research focus outside of traditional woodworking includes women’s industrial history, the African and African-Virginian experience in Virginia, as well as gender and sexual history. Amanda is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association of Interpretation and passionate about inclusive and dynamic public history. In her free time, Amanda enjoys running and spending time with her coonhound Chuck.

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