Plans for The 2013 PA Heritage Festival are well underway for September 21st and 22nd. Each year, The Heritage Village and Museum in Troy hosts the greatest selection of living history demonstrations to be found in the Twin Tiers. One of the highlights this year is butter making.
Bradford County was “The Gold Standard” for butter production in The United States late in the 19th century. The U.S. Naval Academy selected farmers with high standards and best practices for quality. Bradford County led the way.
The process of making butter in the home involved several, careful steps. Milk would be left to stand and cool, often in a spring. As cream would rise to the top, it would be skimmed off. Often, many days of milking would be stored to acquire enough cream to make butter making worthwhile. Sometimes, the milk would actually ferment. As the inventiveness of farmers advanced the process, better cream skimmers and separators were developed.
After separation, the process of churning the cream into butter, could be done by many different kinds of devices. The plunge churn is the classic kind of churn, like a post in a barrel. The post is moved up and down constantly as the particles of cream combine into more and more complex structures until butter is formed. There are churn types with paddles that rotate; churns with tubs that sway; and churns that were shaken. The Farm Museum has a wide variety of churns for the public to review at the festival this year, and live demonstrations are a crowd favorite. Kids will be able to make and sample fresh butter.
The festival has so much for the kids to do: wagon rides, tractor pulls, kid games, and hands on projects for the kids.
Each day, the north and south Civil War cannons will square off with volleys that echo through the northern Pennsylvania hills. Great food, great music, high class demonstrations for spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, soap and encampments from the past and so much more. Visitors to the festival can wander the large grounds at the Village, which is filled with tents, campfire cooking, performers in costume, kids games and activities for the child in ALL of us.
Plan on attending the PA Heritage Festival, September 21st and 22nd at the intersection of routes 6 and 14 in Troy Pennsylvania, just a short drive away.
Email for more information: Info@TheHeritageVillage.org