Time Travel: Pok-O Style

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home6Every weekday morning and afternoon during the summer season, Pok-O-MacCready campers travel. While only one mile by van ride, they are traveling back to the nineteenth century.

The 1812 Homestead was open to camp, and the public, 40 years ago.  The farm and museum features a one room schoolhouse, farm house, sugar shack, blacksmith shoppe, gardens and, of course, animals.  “I like the class a lot,” said Christian, a camper from Hong Kong.  “Animals intrigue me.”  Among the livestock are goats, sheep, pigs, and an assortment of fowl.

 

Blythe Czaja servehome2s as year-round director of the homestead, teaching campers and students, as well as scheduled and drive-by visitors.  “I like seeing the surprise, and sometimes excitement, in people’s eyes when they see how people lived in the 19th century.”

The day we visited the Homestead, the campers were busy gardening and weaving, but one of the biggest hits is when they get to make food!  “We got to make ice cream”, Christian said, “and it was more like having Slushies!”  Added John L.:  “We made ice cream and it was great.  I’ve taken homestead the past two years and I liked it, which is why I took it again this year.”

The 1812 Homestead is a not-for-profit educational foundation.  Learn more HERE.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a closer look at camp’s blacksmith program.

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Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

800.982.3538 (within the U.S.)
518.963.7656
[email protected]

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