History Center serving up open hearth cooking lesson

Submitted photoWant to learn about open hearth cooking? The Thomasville History Center's day camp will show you how.

Why should kids have all the summer camp fun? On Saturday, May 11, the Thomasville History Center will host a day camp for grown-ups at the Thomasville History Center’s Smith Homestead. Using a log house and kitchen, “campers” will work together under the supervision of History Center staff and volunteers to prepare lunch on the hearth, plant the History Center’s teaching garden, and experience hands-on activities designed to give 21st century adults a taste of 19th century log house living. 

Each participant will make dipped beeswax candles, make and use natural fabric dyes from plants, and take home a small kitchen garden that mirrors the herbs and vegetables in the log house garden. “Log-House Living,” an extension of our popular Hands-On Heritage Workshops and annual summer camps, will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Participants should dress for the outdoors in closed toed shoes and long pants. Hats and gardening gloves are also encouraged. 

This program registration is open at thomasvillehistory.org and priority registration is given to current Thomasville History Center members. The general public may register starting Tuesday, May 7. This program is restricted to just eight participants. Interested participants may register a maximum of two participants. Fees for this day camp include all materials and meals. Registration fee: $40 per person. 

Located at 725 N. Dawson Street, the Thomasville History Center offers a unique, historical setting for hands-on history. With more than two acres of property and eight historic structures open for exploration, it offers all guests the chance to step back in time to another era in Thomas County’s history.  Since 1998, “history camp” has entertained, amazed, and encouraged more than 500 local children to get hands-on with history.  With the addition of a mini-camp at the Lapham-Patterson House in 2013, the enthusiasm for exploring our shared community history has continued to grow.

The Thomasville History Center was formed in 1952 and opened a museum within the Flowers-Roberts House in 1972. Since 1972, the Thomasville History Center’s collections have grown to include more than 500,000 artifacts and archival materials and eight historic structures. The History Center, in partnership with the state of Georgia, also operates the historic Lapham-Patterson House. The board, staff, and growing membership invite you to join them in their dedication to ensuring that the appreciation of the area's unique history remains an intrinsic and unbroken thread connecting the past and future through settings that advance the area's story.   

For more information, call (229) 226-7664 or visit www.thomasvillehistory.org. Follow the Society on social media to stay up to date on all the fun on Instagram and Facebook @ThomasvilleHistory.