Party like it’s 1863 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Imagine how different your Thanksgiving would be without grocery stores, electricity and (gasp) without online recipes! Well, you can experience for yourself how an 1863 Thanksgiving was celebrated on Nov. 18-19 and Nov. 25-26, at the restoration.

You will feel as if you have stepped back into the 19th century as you observe volunteers, dressed in period garments, take on the baking and cooking chores, using old-fashioned methods. See them bake pumpkin pies in a beehive oven and roast the main dish – turkey – on an open fire. You will also get a first-hand peek into how people bustled about the kitchen on Thanksgiving back in that era.

Geese roam the Powell Farm during the “1863 Thanksgiving” event. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Throughout the day, enjoy traditional fiddle music at the School House and historic stories in the Manetto Hill Church. You can also stroll through the village with 51 historic buildings, including the Layton General Store and the Powell Farm with animals, barn, carriage shed, smokehouse and other buildings.

So, before you scramble to the supermarket searching for last-minute ingredients for next week’s turkey feast, stop by the village this weekend to observe a, perhaps, more simple time – you’ll probably be thankful for all of the conveniences you have now (especially TV). This event is also featured next weekend, too.

1863 Thanksgiving
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
516-572-8401 ·