Buckland revisits the 1700s at Wilder Homestead

  • Nancy Parland of Buckland prepares food in an open hearth cooking demonstration for an earlier Colonial Day at the Wilder Homestead. Contributed photo/Buckland Historical Society—

Published: 9/23/2017 2:25:14 PM

BUCKLAND — If you lived in Buckland 240 years ago, what would you be doing on a Sunday afternoon?

Find out by visiting the Wilder Homestead on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Wilder Homestead, built in 1775, is celebrating “Colonial Day,” with many activities from the town’s earliest days, hosted by the Buckland Historical Society.

These activities include demonstrations in open hearth cooking, cider pressing, basket-making, weaving, spinning, quilting and folk painting. There will also be oxen, Morris Dancers and the music of the 1700s.

The Colonial two-story house was built for Gardner Wilder in 1775 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places about seven years ago.

In addition to a house and barn, the property includes fields that are still being farmed. Gardner Wilder was also Buckland’s first treasurer. The house remained in the Wilder family for five generations, until it was donated to the Buckland Historical Society in 1981.

Admission is $3 adults, $1 per child. The Wilder Homestead is located at 129 Ashfield Road (Route 112) in Buckland.


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