Celebrate Spring at Fort Nisqually

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Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually

Help welcome spring, 19th century style, at Fort Nisqually’s annual Sewing to Sowing event on April 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crowd favorite Blackberry Patch Farm will be back this year with their lambs. Guests can check out our poultry house and visit with our heritage breed chickens and rooster.  Families can get their hands dirty in the Fort Nisqually’s heritage gardens, which include the kitchen garden, a small orchard and field crops. Visitors can help operate the Fort’s 1800s winnowing machine and learn more about the agricultural enterprises of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The ladies of the fort will demonstrate various hand-sewing techniques and operate one of the world’s earliest sewing machines, the Wheeler and Wilson. Visitors can learn to sew a button and do some simple embroidery.  A fine assortment of needlework by the fort’s sewing guild will be available for sale.  All proceeds support the fort’s historical clothing collection.  As always, visitors will encounter several dozen historic interpreters while they cook in the kitchen, play music on the porch, spin yarn in the laborers’ dwelling and hammer in the blacksmith’s shop.

“Sewing to Sowing is the perfect opportunity to get outside after the long winter,” said event coordinator Allison Campbell.  “There will be lots of hands-on activities and opportunities for families to explore life in Washington Territory in the 1850s.”

Admission is $8-$10. Children 3 and younger are free. For more information, visit FortNisqually.org or call (253) 404-3970.

About the museum: Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors experience daily life during the 1850s with the help of costumed interpreters. Seven restored and reconstructed 1850s buildings are open to the public, including two National Historic Landmarks. There is also a Visitor Center with Museum Store. The Fort is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.

For more information, visit www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum.

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