Calling Colonial Campers

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Travel back to 18th-century colonial Suffield for a week of summer fun!

Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2 children ages 8 – 12 can don period costumes (or wear their everyday summer clothes!) and participate in the activities that took place at the Phelps–Hatheway House & Garden each and every day. Campers will learn about creating textiles (dyeing wool and cloth, knitting, sewing, spinning and weaving), westward expansion and trade (exploring maps and uncharted land), and school and home activities (classrooms, gardens and crafts). Best of all is the opportunity to learn about the toys and play games of the past. Meet historic figures and campers will design their own tours of the museum to share with family and friends. A special surprise will await all on the final day when the sounds of music and dancing will fill the air!

The Colonial Camp runs Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Participants should bring a hearty lunch and snack each day; ice tea made from herbs grown in the Hatheway garden will be provided. The cost per child is $200 for the week, $175 for CTL (Connecticut Landmarks) members and for families with two or more children attending. Registration is required as space is limited. To register, contact the Phelps-Hatheway House at 860-668-0055, email, or visit by July 1. 

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