last sunday awesome husband @_antgas suggested that we go on a little field trip. we went to the old bethpage village restoration. it's an awesome living history museum. i grew up in bethpage (so did my parents) and went to public school. it was practically mandatory that we went every single year with school. even @_antgas went a few times when he was in elementary school. for those of you who won't click the link, the short story is that these historic houses were found on different parts of long island, moved from their original location, and restored to what they would look like mid-1800s. my mother, aunt, and one set of grandparents volunteered there.
@_antgas and i used to go there a couple of times a year. one of the last times we went before we moved down to florida was halloween of 2002. we went to old bethpage village restoration and planned to go to my mom's for dinner. we stopped off at his house where he tied my engagement ring to the collar of our first dog and tried to propose to me. i was a little thick and it took me forever to notice the ring.
anyway, we haven't been back since we moved back from florida and it wasn't too hot on sunday, so i thought it would be fun. we loaded up on sunscreen and off we went. get ready for a photo heavy post filled with fun sort of historical facts.
|a room in the schenck house, c. 1765|
|an old high chair|
|potty training 1800s style|
|the back room of the conklin house, c. 1853|
|an actual outhouse. it was filled with spiders, not poop.|
|the bedell house c. 1835, not open|
|the parlor at layton general store, c 1866|
|a beautiful old desk, layton store|
|kitchen of the layton store. they had pump water and a bathing tub|
|stove, layton store. in addition to cooking, this helped heat the house|
|bedroom of layton store. such an amazing old sewing machine!|
|boy's room, layton store|
|secretary desk, layton store|
|these old shipping crates are over the doorway between the house part of the layton store and the actual general store|
|something awesome and old that i can't remember what it does.|
|old storage tins and weights for selling herbs and spices|
|this housed needles of different sizes for sewing, embroidery, etc.|
|luyster general store, c. 1840. hey! i use borax in my homemade laundry soap!|
|parlor, noon inn, c. 1850. dominos, bitches!|
|bach blacksmith shop, c. 1875. this is the first time we've ever seen it open and working!|
|ritch house, c. 1830, next to the hat shop. mr. ritch was the hatmaker. sadly, the hat shop was not open because they did not have a hatmaker on staff that day.|
|a quilting table at the powell farm. the end could be rolled around a wooden dowel to expose more of the blanket to be quilted. because there are so many chairs around the table, i'd expect that quilting was a big social even at the powell farm.|
|an old desk at the powell farm. obviously i love old desks.|
|the potter, in a side building next to the noon inn. we've never seen a potter before but it was amazing. the round piece on the bottom would be pushed by foot to spin the top.|
|@_antgas thought this was cool because it has a leaf spring, which is still used in cars today. the plaque says 'r.g. powell, undertaker - hempstead'.|
|manetto hill church, c. 1857.|
|old bethpage village restoration cemetery. supposedly the headstones were relocated from an old family cemetery.|
|@_antgas discovered that he could take decent pictures through the window. we were nerdily excited because this is the first time we had ever been able to see inside - the last time we were there, we weren't even allowed to walk up to the house.|
|the hewlett house|
|@_antgas being ridiculously adorable and excited about looking in the hewlett house|
|the hewlett house|
|the hewlett house|
overall, it was an excellent day. awesome husband @_antgas and i had a fun time just walking around, spending time together. and we learned new things. it seems like every time we go there, we learn something new. i've been going there since 1987 and i still learn new things. they usually have special things going on in the fall and around halloween, so we're planning on going back then - especially if the hewlett house is open.
anyone else have any fun, historical, educational things that they like to do?