The Dennis Historical Society will transport visitors back to the 18th century for the much-anticipated and always-captivating one-day-only Colonial Day at the Manse event on Saturday, August 17, from 10am to 4pm at Josiah Dennis Manse.
The summer spectacular will feature costumed interpreters and reenactors who will demonstrate crafts and skills that were ever-present in the 1700s, including rug hooking, knot tying, and spinning and weaving. Rob Lyon from Historic Sturbridge Village will present a display of colonial lighting and antique lamps from the 18th and 19th centuries, while his fellow Sturbridge veteran Tom Kelleher will be demonstrating barrel making.
There will also be lawn games and educational whimsies that will appeal to young and old alike, as well as an opportunity to explore the 1736 homestead of the town’s namesake minister and see firsthand the recently unveiled historically-appropriate clothing Josiah Dennis may have worn circa 1750. Best of all, there will be the legendary Dennis Historical Society’s Pie, Bake and Dennis History Book Sale until those delicious goodies and informative tomes run out.
Admission is free—though donations are always gratefully accepted—to this can’t-miss event at Josiah Dennis Manse, located at the corner of Whig Street and Nobscusset Road. The Manse continues to be open on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm through August 29.