Drawing by Richard Wambach of the Old Stone House Museum
The Old Stone House Museum marks the end of a busy season with its annual Harvest Candlelight Dinner to be held in the beautifully restored Samuel Reed Hall House in Brownington on Saturday, October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Catered by Accidental Caterers of St. Johnsbury, the dinner will feature historically accurate recipes from the nineteenth century using vegetables harvested from the Old Stone House Museum’s antique kitchen garden, an open-hearth cooking demonstration, and live music. The evening begins with an offering of assorted artisanal cheeses, sourdough bread cooked in a cast iron skillet, beer, and wine. Homemade rhubarb punch and fresh pressed apple cider will also be served, both made from rhubarb and apples grown on museum grounds.
Drinks and appetizers around the open hearth fire will be followed by an elegant sit-down meal with multiple courses that include house-cured Vermont pork and pickled vegetables, roast game or poultry with herbed apple butter, and beef pie. These will be served with heritage vegetable dishes like squash pie, and “leather britches,” made with dried heirloom broad beans. Dessert will be traditional Indian pudding with maple whipped cream, followed by coffee and tea, and servings of Eden Ice Cider.
The event is sponsored by Eden Ice Cider, as well as the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Sweet Rowen Farm, and Spring Hill Angus. E.M. Brown and Son donated King Arthur flour.
The cost to attend is $75 for members and $85 for non-members through Wednesday, October 14. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Call 754-2022, or visit oldstonehousemuseum.org to register.
The Old Stone House Museum is in the National Register of Historic Places, and encompasses six restored buildings and three neighboring structures dating from the first half of the nineteenth century. They include the federalist homes of the Reverend Alexander Twilight, the first African American graduate of Middlebury College, progressive educator, and state legislator; and teacher educator Samuel Read Hall, who invented the chalkboard.
It is also the site of the Old Stone House, a four-story granite dormitory built by Mr. Twilight in 1836 to house students attending the Orleans County Grammar School.
For more information about Orleans County Historical Society’s Old Stone House Museum please visit oldstonehousemuseum.org, or call 754-2022.
The Old Stone House Museum is located at 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860. The Old Stone House Museum is open from May 15 to October 15.
Regular visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last guided tour by 4 p.m. Museum admission is $8 for adults ($7 for Orleans County residents), $5 for students with valid identification, and free for museum members. — from the Old Stone House Museum.