Today started with a group of 17 homeschoolers who made paper in our barn studio and then prepared buckwheat pancakes with Deb Peterson our cook/interpreter in the ca. 1725 Bake House. Both of these classes are part of our thriving education program that welcomes nearly 2000 school age children to the village each year. Students learn what life was like in the 18th century, get to take home a piece of handmade paper and taste whatever Deb has them prepare in an authentic 18th century way! In the first photo, Deb is showing them the trammel which allows the cook to raise or lower the pot over the hot coals to adjust the heat. This group of eager girls and boys spent an hour or two after our program eating lunch and playing under the trees and along the creek. As I was waving goodbye to the group I looked down at my feet and saw this lone pansy triumphantly emerging from between two bricks in front of the ca. 1845 Enoch Rittenhouse Home which serves as our administrative office and gift shop. Often it is the smallest of details that make the village come to life!