It has always amazed me to think about how much work used to be (and sometime still is) involved in just providing a meal for a family! People in the past had to grow it, gather it, hunt it or raise it! No electric ovens, gas ovens, and certainly no microwaves! No refrigeration except for ice houses and creeks! The trees had to be felled, the wood chopped and the fire built!
Can you imagine what it would take to prepare one meal?! Your entire day would be about cooking! I don’t want to even think about cleaning up without hot runningwater,never mind a dishwasher!
On April 9th, participants at the Natural Tunnel State Park will be able to step back in time to see how this was accomplished. Jean Hood will be discussing ways female settlers in 1775 cooked along the Wilderness Road. She will be covering types of pots used, where the pots came from, what foods were used in cooking, and how the food was prepared.
Jean Hood has lived in Scott County all her life. She was an employee at Natural Tunnel State Park and now volunteers at the Wilderness Road Blockhouse within the park. She has provided several cooking demonstrations during “Siege at the Blockhouse” and during the “Frontier Harvest Festival.” Jean portrays both a Cherokee maiden and a female settler. She enjoys being outside working on her farm with her family and spending time at the Blockhouse.
There is still time to make plans to attend the Spring Women’s Wellness Weekend at Natural Tunnel State Park, April 8 through 10, 2011. Call our reservation center at 800-933-7275 for more information or to make a reservation.