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Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking Demonstrations

Demonstrations are Free

Last Saturday of Every Month • 10 am to 4 pm

Cooking demonstrations in the Bradford House's kitchen cabin and occasional demonstrations in the Meeting House.

On the last Saturday of each month and for several special events, Kate has an authentic program planned, Jorma will assist Kate, and other special guests will make appearances. On-site cooking demonstrations are a great way to portray 18th-century living.

New for 2024, Bryan will be offering various historic demonstrations at the Meeting House (182 S. Main Street).

Saturday April 13th, 2024- Thomas Jefferson's Birthday Celebration!

Join us in the Bradford out-kitchen as we celebrate our 3rd president and “founding foodie” with recipes from Monticello and hear about Jefferson as the Father of American Archaeology with archaeologist and living historian Bryan Cunning at the Meeting House with displays of artifacts from local excavations.

Saturday May 25th, 2024- 250th Anniversary of Lord Dunmore's War.

Learn about the beginnings of the American Revolution with 1st person perspectives from Lord Dunmore's War. Hear the voices of the past come to life with living historians Alan Fitzpatrick and Bryan Cunning. In the out-kitchen, savor the sights and smells of 1774 as we pay homage to Lord Dunmore's Scottish heritage.

Saturday June 29th, 2024- Guns and Buns!

Join local living historians at the Meeting House for an 18th century arms and accouterments show! Across the street at the Bradford out-kitchen, we will have fun exploring how a cheeseburger would have been made on the 18th century frontier. For this reason we are calling this the Guns n' Buns event!

Saturday July 27th, 2024- 18th Century Barbecue

Learn about the rich history of one of America's favorite and most historic foods: barbecue! We will demonstrate cooking methods, spices, sauces, and more!

Saturday August 24th, 2024- 200 Years of the American Soldier:1745-1945

An event not to be missed! Join us as we honor and celebrate 200 years of the American soldier! See living historians from the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Whiskey Rebellion, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Also meet members of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Learn about life as a soldier and meals on the march with demonstrations.

Saturday September 28th,2024- Taverns of the Frontier

Learn about the importance of taverns in 18th century society. Meet living historian Chip Zelch as her portrays John Munn and talks about his historic property and the story of the Munn Tavern. Out-kitchen demonstrations will include recipes from a tavern's bill of fare.

Saturday October 26th, 2024- Steel, Sweets, and Specters!

Join us at the out-kitchen for blacksmith demonstrations and see how we use fire and steel to make 18th century sweets like maple waffles! Also hear scary stories and folklore from the frontier!

Saturday November 30th, 2024- Holiday Harvest

Learn about preparing a feast for the Holidays of the 18th century and shop for the season on Small Business Saturday. A great opportunity to support local business and local history!


The Kitchen Cabin at the Bradford House
175 S. Main Street
Washington, PA 15301


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