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Foodways: Herbal Concoctions, Tonics, and Balms

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about medicinal concoctions of colonial times with living history expert Dennis Picard.

Sunday, June 25, 2023, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Foodways: Herbal Concoctions, Tonics, and Balms

“Living history” expert Dennis Picard will demonstrate medicinal concoctions of colonial times using herbs from Stanley-Whitman House’s gardens. Enjoy this program free as part of CT’s Historic Gardens Day! Registration required.


Food in colonial times was much different compared to what we eat today. Religious beliefs, traditions, geography, growing season, harvest, and cooking methods all played a role in what was available and how much was eaten with each region developing their own unique dietary habits. “Living history” expert Dennis Picard will share anecdotes about New England colonial life while demonstrating a variety of cooking methods and recipes from colonial times.


Stanley-Whitman House is a living history center and museum that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington. Programs, events, classes, and exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in history by doing, acting, questioning, and engaging in colonial life and the ideas that formed the foundation of that culture. FMI:


Stanley-Whitman house
37 High Street
Farmington, CT 06032 United States


Stanley-Whitman House

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