Patriots, your county needs you! Recruits wanted to serve Old Dominion and join the ranks at Sky Meadows State Park during the 7th Annual Fall Farm Festival’s Civil War Weekend (October 29-30).
Learn about the life of a civil war soldier, and the gear he had to carry at the 24th NC Company B Civil War encampment. Join in a game or two with park Historian Budd Reitnauer and recruits from the 24th NC Co. B as they play a few “Olde Tyme Toys & Games” from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Olde Tyme Toys & Games
OK! Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, relax a bit and grab a snack or two from Red Fox Creamery; I suggest a sample of their delicious ice cream. While you and your family enjoy your tasty treats gather around the log cabin for a tale or two during storytelling at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Learn how ladies utilized all the materials they had, by making quilted blankets; the Fauquier County Quilters will be here demonstrating their delicate craft inside the Carriage Barn. The Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac will also be at the park demonstrating their unique skills. Stand back and watch them work their magic; creating artful and useful hand crafted items.
Enjoy live music from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Front Porch of the log cabin by Dr. Banjo and the Tuckahoe Travelers on Saturday; on Sunday David LaFleur will entertain you with his artful lyrics and various instruments.
On Saturday stop by the Wash House to learn about Natural Plant Dyes with park Naturalist Trish Bartholomew from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Take in civilian life with the “Life on the Farm” program from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. inside the log cabin; see what the fall brings to the farm for dinner & desert during a hearth cooking demonstration in the log cabin.
Hearth cooking demonstration in the log cabin
On Sunday afternoon take part in our pumpkin trials. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. join park Naturalist Trish Bartholomew in the Wash House as she guides you on a discovery mission to some of the most cherished Halloween traditions. Bring your fresh picked pumpkin along to create the best looking jack-o-lantern on the block; carving tools, and super scary patterns will be available to use. At 4:30 p.m. join in the Pumpkin Chuckin’ fun; see who can toss the pumpkin the farthest.
Pumpkin fun at Sky Meadows
Back again this year by popular demand is the Ghosts of Mount Bleak House Tour; from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. you can take a trip into the past with park Historian Budd Reitnauer. Join Budd on a short tour of our Historic Home; learn about the history of Mount Bleak Farm, the family that built it, and maybe hear a ghost or two. Suitable for all ages!