Can You Dig It?
Ever had fantasies of being Indiana Jones or Lara Croft? Then the Newlin Grist Mill Archaeology Festival on September 16th is just the event for you! Work with professionals as they dig for relics and artifacts in two excavation sites, an ongoing project since 2010. Help with screening through the soil or browse local trinkets on display. There are even kid-friendly activities and an archaeology-themed escape room! 219 S. Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills. NewlinGristMill.org.
Timber Frame & Stone Masterpieces
Ever passed one of the 20-some thousand barns in this region and wondered how old it was? Or who built it, or why it had a particular design? The answers might surprise you. A new resource comes from Schiffer Publishing, as barn historian Greg Huber’s The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania explores the intricacies of barn design, methods of dating barns and their fascinating evolution here since the 1700s. SchifferBooks.com.
Homey and Historic
Join the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 13th Annual Historic House Tour and see this year’s collection of lovely local homes and gardens. Each house—most from the 18th to 20th centuries—will have a guide with insights on architectural design, historic preservation, restoration, and interior and exterior decorating. Set for September 23rd with a Party for Preservation on the 17th, this is a perfect warm-up for the 77th Chester County Day House Tour, featured in this issue. Catch them both! TredyffrinHistory.org; ChesterCountyDay.com.
No Such Thing!
Ever had a question you’re itching but hesitant to ask? Hold that thought for Ask a Stupid Question Day, September 29th. This seemingly silly day was started by schoolteachers, who noted that many students were concerned about sounding stupid. To counter this, teachers designated the day so kids might come out of their shells and feed their curiosities. So, ask away! DaysOfTheYear.com.
Longwood Gardens will shine a light on five local garden clubs with an exhibit in the elegant ballroom, September 23–24. Organized by the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, “Magical Gardens” features new and different horticultural designs along with innovative floral arrangements in special design, artistic crafts and youth divisions. And you can still catch the final days of Longwood’s spectacular Main Fountain Garden display, through the 30th. LongwoodGardens.org.