Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Van Cortlandt Manor

We visited Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY over the Thanksgiving weekend.

We toured the manor, ferry and tenant houses.  The guides were dressed in period costumes. We saw demonstrations in blacksmithing, soap and candle making, cider and apple butter making, and spinning.

The manor house had beautiful antique furniture and porcelain dishware. This was in stark comparison to the pewter dishware at the ferry house/tavern. At the tenant house, we learned that there was one main room which served as the kitchen and bedroom for the entire family. I think we live in a small home, I can't image living in a single room with 6+ people!

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