After learning how maple syrup is made, I headed into the historic village of The Farmers’ Museum.
There are a couple dozen buildings in this village, many of which are preserved historic buildings that actually existed in the 1800s.
Because Cooperstown is not in its tourism season (that’s baseball season – more on that later), some of the buildings were closed, but I was able to experience an old timey country store, a working blacksmith’s forge, a working printmaker’s store, and a schoolhouse – plus I saw lots of farm animals. More of those in later posts too!
First I headed into the store which was packed with unusual and charming themed merchandise, like these butter churns:
Churn down for what!
Old-fashioned hard candy:
Root beer syrup and wassail cider spices:
Lots of interesting books and little souvenirs.
I was excited to see American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. This work is considered the first American cookbook and is a seminal reference and primary source for historic re-enactors and anyone else interested in colonial American culture.
After checking out the store, I headed further into the village…
…where I met a blacksmith! Read my interview with him tomorrow.