Billings Farm visitors experience a 19th century Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 27, 2022 at 7:43 PM EST
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WOODSTOCK, Vt. (WCAX) - Some wrapped up their Thanksgiving holiday weekend by going back in time.

At the Billings Farm in Woodstock, visitors got to experience what a 19th-century Thanksgiving was like. There were demonstrations of longstanding traditions and food. Farm interpreters used historically accurate cooking techniques and appliances to recreate a Thanksgiving holiday dinner and even got the chance to cook up their own treats.

“We have been cooking here on an old cast iron stove with wood and demonstrated how certain recipes were cooked in the 1800s. They are all based on Fanny Farmer who was one of the first women who wrote a cookbook in the 1800s. You can come here and get the real experience,” said Christiana Kueting, an interpreter at the Billings Farm.

Employees at the farm say hundreds made it out for the experience and say they’re excited to continue to teach visitors about Vermont history.