The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival will kick off at noon on Friday and once again will offer a great opportunity to pack up the family and head to the sprawling 18th century Antes House plantation on Colonial Road in Upper Frederick Township.
The event is a family-friendly, authentic Pennsylvania-German folk festival that provides an exceptional educational experience and gives children an opportunity to try the pleasantries of the 18th and 19th centuries.
They can create a rag doll, pet a calf, sample potato candy, dip candles, roll a barrel hoop or go for a horse-drawn wagon ride. Adults will find a new appreciation of the appliances and gadgets that fill homes and garages today after experiencing the methods their ancestors used.
Once at the plantation, you can step into the past and enjoy dozens of displays, exhibits and public demonstrations featuring cigar making, wheelwrights, farm implements, sewing, embroidering, home skills, cooking, butchering, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, whitesmiths, broom making, farm animals, stage programs, musical entertainment and much, much more. All presented by more than 500 volunteers in authentic costumes of the periods, using authentic tools in recreating the traditional skills.
And, don’t forget the food. Everything from summer sausage, ham or sausage sandwiches to baked bread, shoofly pies, A.P. Cakes, Montgomery Pie, sticky buns, crumb buns and many other wonderful baked goodies. There’s also corn pie, vegetable soup, baked limas, chow-chow, pickled cabbage, homemade root beer and apple cider.
Plus, watermelon, apples and apple sauce, and freshly pealed peaches with ice cream. There is ample parking, seating and lots of shade trees.
The theme for the 2012 Festival is the Pennsylvania Long Rifle.
German settlers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware made the flintlock long rifles, with Lancaster becoming the center of the rifle making craft. It is believed that the Pennsylvania flintlock long rifle evolved between 1725 and 1750 and ceased around 1830 with the invention of the percussion cap.
By the 1770s every surface of the rifle would contain beautiful artwork. Accomplished gunsmiths had the skills of a blacksmith, whitesmith, wood carver, brass and silver founder, engraver, and wood finisher. Quite often only one gun maker would build the entire rifle.
On display at this year’s Festival will be a Pennsylvania long rifle signed by gunsmith William Antes. According to The Goshenhoppen Intelligencer, it is one of only three known signed William Antes rifles.
Antes was born in a mill to the Henry Antes family on Sept. 21, 1731. His firearms are considered among the best in craftsmanship and artistry and considered a treasure by gun collectors.
The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday August 10, and 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. on Saturday August 11. The address of the Antes House and plantation is 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, Pa. 18074. Colonial Road is located off Route 73 (Big Road) between Snyder and Heimbach Roads. The cost, for adults 16 and older, is $10. Youths 6 – 15-years old is $2. Under six-years-old is free.
Visitors and GPS’ers please note that you will only be able to access the Festival and Colonial Road from Route 73 and not from Fagleysville Road.
For more information see the Goschenhoppen Historian’s website at www.goschenhoppen.org or call 215-234-8953.