The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a Harvest Festival at Mount Pleasant, where children and their families can meet local artisans and try their hand at traditional activities such as apple pressing, candle making, woodworking, weaving, and more. The event will feature a colonial beer brewing demonstration and tasting for adults, as well as live Acadian and bluegrass music. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic or purchase locally sourced seasonal foods from a food truck parked on-site.
Justina Barrett, Site Manager for Historic Houses and Museum Educator for American Art, noted, “The harvest season was essential to the lifeblood of a colonial household, when the community would band together to ensure sufficient supplies for the winter. This special harvest festival will recreate this environment at Mount Pleasant, inviting visitors to experience a taste of American history while celebrating the season.”
Mount Pleasant was commissioned by Scottish ship captain John Macpherson and his first wife, Margaret, and constructed between 1762 and 1765 by builder-architect Thomas Nevell. This grand country estate stands on its original site on cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River in what is now Fairmount Park. Within the main house, the rooms feature the craftsmanship of some of the leading Philadelphia artisans from the colonial period, such as carver Martin Jugiez. The breathtaking beauty of the house’s interiors and vistas, the elegance of the lifestyle of colonial elites, and the curiosities of Captain Macpherson’s life are all on display at Mount Pleasant.
Visitors are welcome to drive to the site (directions available at www.philamuseum.org/parkhouses) or hop on one of the complimentary buses departing from the West Entrance of the Museum’s main building every twenty minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. This event is free after Museum admission. Museum admission for children twelve and under is always free.
Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Brewery Historians, Yards Brewery, Local 215 Food Truck, and the Dill Pickle Old Time Orchestra, a five-piece band from West Philadelphia.
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.