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MCCD to put on Harvest Gathering of 1858

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 11:51 p.m. CST

RINGWOOD – Step back in time to the 1850s at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Harvest Gathering of 1858 from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Glacial Park’s historical Powers-Walker House, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

Costumed re-enactors will share how early settlers harvested, processed and used corn and other natural fibers in their everyday lives.

Attendees can try their hand at shelling corn off the cob and grinding it into flour with a hand crank, or making their own cornhusk doll or yarn doll to take home. They can witness other harvest activities, such as making candles for winter, creating bobbin lace or spinning and weaving. 

There also will be a weapons demonstration of the era by a Cavalry sergeant on horseback and a surveyor showing how land boundaries were defined prior to today’s GPS technology. 

Attendees also can take the opportunity to tour inside the historical farmhouse, which is only open for inside tours once a month. The program is free and registration is not required for this drop-in event.

For information, contact Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or visit

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