Pioneer Day at Waterloo Farm Museum

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Pioneer Day is a much anticipated annual event at the Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School, located just outside of Chelsea. Pioneer Day is an autumn celebration of late 19th century farm life, live music, and demonstrations of crafts, trades, and traditional cooking methods.

The complex of farm buildings includes the restored ten-room Farmhouse dating from 1855. In the Farmhouse kitchen you will be greeted by the delicious smells of Sunday dinner being readied for the dining room table. A docent in every room will be your guide as you tour the house. There will demonstrations of butter making in the Spring House, hearth cooking in the Log House, brick-oven baking in the Bake House, and blacksmithing in the Workshop.

Displays & Demonstrations include:

  • Listen  to live period music from various artist.
  • Make your own dried flower arrangement for fall.
  • Observe authentic re-enactors bringing history alive.
  • Witness craftsmen demonstrating and selling their wares.
  • Delight in farm goods, jams preserves, apple butter and treats.
  • Experience exhibits of farm tools like corn husking, corn shelling, and cider press.
  • Enjoy our down home comfort food concession, including the famous Waterloo Bean Soup.

Admission to the Waterloo Farm Museum grounds for this event is $5 for adults, Seniors (62+) $4,  and $2 for children aged 5-12. There is no admission charge for children under 5 and members of the Waterloo Area Historical Society. Admission includes a guided tour of the ten-room farmhouse.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the Waterloo Area Historical Society. Visit the Waterloo Farm Museum website for details and directions.

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