Montgomery’s Inn..the 40th anniversary (of the museum, not the building)

I spent a wonderful day yesterday with my historic cooking friends in Toronto. It is a bit of compensation for the fact that I will not be seeing my living history friends at the Civilian Symposium at Harrisburg this coming week. Mongomery,s Inn dates from the 1830’s and was turned into a museum 40 years ago this week. As well as a barroom, a ballroom and lots of bedrooms, they have two separate open hearths, both of which were animated yesterday. It also has a small bake oven beside one hearth and a larger bake oven outside. Yesterday the smaller bake oven was in use.

This is the first time I have been in a period costume since I went down to Gettysburg and made my slippers, so I got to take them out for a spin. I still need to get some roving and stuff the toes to make them a bit more square, but I wore them all day and they were very comfortable:
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I made “Another Vegetable Soup” from Maria Rundell’s A New System of Domestic Cookery, 1806 for the volunteer cooks to eat for lunch. What’s not to like…a bunch of vegetables and 1/2 a pound of butter!

Cutting up my veg (Sarah in background)

Cutting up my veg (Sarah in background)

Stirring my soup

Stirring my soup

I then helped Sarah (B.Hood) make Cider Cake from Lydia Childs’s The Frugal Housewifes Manual, 1840, using a bake kettle. I must say I actually understand the bake kettle a lot more this morning than I did yesterday morning. Learning curves…you gotta love ’em!

Putting the coals on the bake kettle

Putting the coals on the bake kettle

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3 thoughts on “Montgomery’s Inn..the 40th anniversary (of the museum, not the building)

  1. Nancy

    Thank goodness your experience was in winter and not summer. Looks like heaps of fun, glad you increased the knowledge base and enjoyed it at the same time!

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