An 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 - 20, 2011
Saturday & Sunday, November 26 - 27, 2011

An 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration was held at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. This historic landmark gives visitors an exclusive and wonderful opportunity to experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre village includes a variety of homes, farms and businesses.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano invited visitors to experience what our first official Thanksgiving was like in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a "National Day of Thanksgiving".

At the Williams house, a preserved home from the 19th century, guests watched in amazement as museum staff adorned in attire from this period prepared Cranberry Scones and Turkey using open hearths and beehive ovens found in the homes original kitchen.


The John M. Layton General Store was established in 1866 and inside guests observed another costumed worker as she demonstrated, “stove cooking” with the store’s original 1866 wood-burning stove. She demonstrated how to prepare Succotash and an Onion Tart using only what was on hand in this restored building.


At Powell Farm, staff was in the kitchen preparing Mock Cherry Pie, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie. The eggs used to create these treats came from some of the 24 chickens that live at Powell Farm. An 1855 wood-burning oven was used to bake these delicious pies. While present day ovens take minutes to preheat, these 19th century wood-burning ovens take approximately four hours!


Aside from the cooking demonstrations, guests were also treated to traditional fiddle music and readings of children’s stories. This event was very interesting and exciting and don’t fret if you missed out because you’ll have another chance to do so this coming
weekend, November
26 - 27! 

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