Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yesteryear's Technologies

(Say that 3 times fast.)  

Kitchen Work 

Goshenhoppen, PA is said to be the "oldest 
continually existing German community in America." 

 Adventure Stories

A Germanic folk culture unique to Pennsylvania, 
called Pennsylvania Dutch,  
evolved from early German immigrants in the region.  

The Tramp

For almost fifty years, 
the people of Goshenhoppen 
have brought to life the trades and skills 
of the 18th - 19th century 
Pennsylvania Dutch 
during an annual folk festival 
at the Antes Plantation 
in Upper Frederick Twp.

Working the Lathe

One thing that sets this living history re-enactment apart from others 
is there are no modern day, commercial vendors 
under big, ugly tents.

Announcing Mealtime

Everything here looks authentic, 
including what you can buy from the trade's people.  

With a Knapsack on My Back

After tasting the handmade peach ice cream, 
I remarked, 
"They sure don't make ice cream like they used to." 
(Which is probably a good thing for my waistline.)


Throughout the festival grounds
generations come together and
pass their skills on to the young.


As you speak with the knowledgable re-enactors,
you too, will likely learn interesting facts.

Just like Daddy Does

If you only make time for one living history festival a year,
this is one not to miss in 2014.

Making Music 

Goshenhoppen Folk Festival
My Festival Flickr album is here.


Amy said...

These pictures are so cool. It makes me want to visit there. :-)

Tamar SB said...

I love places like this!! I live near Plymoth Plantation and grew up going to others in the PA/NJ area! Gorgeous pictures!!

Anonymous said...

I live in York, PA so we'll have to check this out! Looks awesome and I love your photos!

MadSnapper said...

my hubby is PA Dutch and the only thing he can do is say half a dozen curse words in German...the fiddler looks happy, the rest not so much. i love re enactments like this, the spinner is a beautiful girl and photo

Kim Cunningham said...

What a fun place! Would love to visit the Pennsylvania Dutch sometime!

Sarah Huizenga said...

What a great festival. So many wonderful places to explore and never enough time. Great photos!

Jeanne said...

What great shots and love how you have captured this culture

Kerry said...

These are great Rebecca! And Goshenhoppen is a wonderful word. That is a very arresting portrait of the young spinner, but of course they are all excellent pics.

Kmcblackburn said...

Love how they have kids involved in the re-enactments.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Delightful blog♫ My 'Waltz':

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures and post. I'd love to visit one day but I couldn't even say the name once :). Thank you for sharing and partying with us.

Mersad said...

I was abstent from blogging for a while but it sure feels good coming back to your photos! You really capture these little moments well!

Unknown said...

Wow, that looks like an amazing festival. Thanks for sharing.