Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015

As the days grow shorter and winter approaches, the Living History Farm at Roper Mountain Science Center brings history to life with the popular Fall Harvest Festival. The annual festival, Saturday, November 14, 9am-2:30pm, features artisans, musicians, and special demonstrations of life in the 1800s. Step into the authentic backcountry farm’s Cole Cabin Farmhouse (1790), barn, or Rector Schoolhouse (1898), and explore the gardens and grounds to participate in activities for all ages and get an up close and personal look at how our ancestors preserved their harvest and prepared for winter.

Experience fun and chores of the season as you help the pioneers prepare with various hands-on activities such as shucking, shelling, and grinding corn or winnowing rice for the winter. Try your hand at plowing behind powerful draft horses in our pasture and watch skilled working dogs herd sheep. Talk with and learn from artisan craftsmen at work as they demonstrate blacksmithing, basket weaving, broom making and produce handmade items, many of which are available for purchase. Stop by our Cavender House Kitchen (1830) and see what’s cooking over the hearth--apples and pumpkins are on the menu!

Make a day of the festivities with a visit to Harrison Hall of Natural Science to tour the Tropical Rainforest, Ecology Lab and Marine Labs where you may hold live animals, learn about creatures that are At Home in a Tree, or Fall for the Beach. Stop by the Butterfly Garden for advice from Master Gardeners about winterizing your garden, walk the nature trails or meet at the Treetop Clinic for a leaf scavenger hunt with one of our naturalists. Enjoy a hearty Bucky’s Bar-B-Q meal or bring your own picnic for lunch.

Admission: $6 for adults and teens, $5 children 5-12, seniors, and military.
Children 4 and under and all members of the RMSC Association are admitted free. 9-2:30

About Roper Mountain Science Center
Roper Mountain Science Center ignites our natural curiosity to explore and shape our world. The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers. Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 30,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center.

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