Historic Eastfield Foundation is proud to present the 41st
at Historic Eastfield Village
With fifteen programs offered from June 5th through September 10th, Eastfield affords a unique opportunity to spend a few days immersed in the work and daily life of pre-industrial America, learning from men and women who are leaders in their respective fields.
Try your hand at a new trade in one of our intensive workshops in Printing, Blacksmithing, Shoemaking, and Tinsmithing. Build up your building skills with hands-on classes in Stone Masonry, Timber framing, and Plastering. Learn to create Accessories for your Federal-era clothing, “Scherenshnitte” for your walls, Swags for your windows & Druggets for your floors, or you can Master your 18th C. Gownmaking skills. Cook a Georgian Dinner on the hearth, or compose a collation table of decadent 18th C. Desserts. And of course, “DISH CAMP,” our 21st annual Historical Ceramics Symposium.
Come gain new skills & knowledge, meet new friends, and immerse yourself in the Eastfield experience.
Historic Eastfield Village is the campus for the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops, a nationally renowned program of lectures, symposia and hands-on classes. The Village itself is not a museum; there are no ropes or glassed-off exhibits. Founder Don Carpentier collected the more than twenty buildings and their contents to serve as a laboratory, allowing Workshop participants the opportunity to study, handle and utilize thousands of architectural elements, tools and typical artifacts of the late 18th-early 19th century.
Studying here is meant to be an immersion experience. Students and teachers live in the Village during their courses, experiencing first-hand the daily lives and work of the tradesmen of the pre-industrial age.
The experts and master craftsmen who comprise the faculty are leaders in their fields, and the Annual Series of Workshops maintains the highest educational standards. Students are a mixture of novices, whose interests may be their own old houses, and museum or industry professionals, who are looking to expand their specific skills. This combination offers a dynamic opportunity to share and learn.
Eastfield Village was painstakingly assembled by one of the foremost preservation arts experts, Don Carpentier. It is the campus for the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops, a nationally renowned program of lectures, symposia and hands-on classes.
The not-for-profit Historic Eastfield Foundation was established to ensure that Don Carpentier's passion and vision are carried on into the future.
The purposes of the Foundation as set forth in its constitution are exclusively educational in nature:
- To train men and women in a range of early American trades and historic preservation skills;
- To encourage crafts persons and preservationists in their efforts to save the technology of the past;
- To produce publications, specifically a periodical and single-subject publications, and prescriptive audio-video materials, and symposia for both the general public and a professional audience;
- To develop a collection and library appropriate to early arts and trades and historic preservation;
- To develop a long-term plan for continuing the goals and purposes of the Foundation;
- To maintain facilities necessary to further the Foundation's educational objectives.