Farmstead Day

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10:00AM to 4:00PM

Renfrew Museum & Park

1010 E. Main Street

Waynesboro, PA 17268

Celebrate nearly 300 years of farming heritage at Renfrew Museum and Park!

Join us for a full day of family-friendly activities on our centuries-old Pennsylvania German farmstead and learn about seasonal rhythms of life on the farm for the families that once called our 107-acres home. Your admission includes tours of the beautifully furnished 1812 Royer House (first floor only), 1808 Fahnestock farmhouse, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Complementary activities include visiting our nineteenth century outbuildings, historic gardens and property, interactions with historic interpreters, food and retail vendor area. Explore the Smoke House and Milk House on your own, then head over to the Summer Kitchen to interact with our skilled historic interpreters. Check out what’s been harvested from our heirloom gardens, shop the museum gift store and browse the selection of goods at the outdoor vendor booths along Fahnestock Lane. Special highlights include Ed Miller’s vintage tractors and an original fully-equipped Conestoga wagon on display (weather dependent).

Add something special to your day by purchasing admission to the Farmstead Dinner, an exclusive V.I.P dining experience inside the restored Fahnestock Barn. Limited seating available. Separate ticket required. Additional information below.

With so much to see and do at Renfrew, you’re bound to enjoy all that Farmstead Day has to offer. See you at Farmstead Day!

All sales final. Pre-registration not eligible for refund. Farmstead Day is a “rain or shine” event.  Activities may be altered slightly to accommodate changes in weather.

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GENERAL ADMISSION

(Non-Member)

$10 Adults

$5 Kids Ages 7-18

Free for Children 6 & Under

Free for Friends of Renfrew Members

Pre-registration recommended, but walk-up admission is available on day of event. General admission price includes  all complementary activities on the park grounds along with unlimited tours of both the Royer and Fahnestock farmhouses and horse-drawn wagon rides for duration of the program.  Wristbands available at check-in and must be presented upon entry to all paid attractions. 

Purchase Farmstead Day General Admission

Fahnestock Farmstead Dinner

V.I.P Dining Experience

$160 per table, up to six (6) guests

Limited Seating.

Pre-registration required.

Enjoy a hearty farmstead dinner inside the c.1810 restored Fahnestock Barn. Menu includes entrée choice of fried chicken or giant stuffed portabella mushroom accompanied by a garden salad, fresh baked rolls, roasted potatoes and vegetable medley of squash and carrots. Also includes beverage choices of water, ice tea, or lemonade along with peach dumpling  ala mode for dessert. Musical accompaniment by violinist Scott Matlock and scenic views of the farmstead enhance this exclusive Farmstead Day dining experience.

Flat rate of $160 per table for up to six (6) guests. Registration closes 24 hours prior to event. Full refunds are eligible only for cancellations made prior to this time. No exceptions. Please note that event is located in a historic building approached uphill with slightly uneven terrain. It is not wheelchair accessible. Due to horse-drawn wagon rides on Fahnestock Lane, personal vehicles are not permitted. Guests requiring special accommodation may request a ride by golf cart to dinner location. Please indicate needs during registration.

Help support Farmstead Day! Your purchase of a corporate sponsorship or generous donation will help share the history of farming in Franklin County with the next generation and reach an audience that’s becoming increasingly removed from its agricultural roots.

Purchase Farmstead Day Sponsorship

Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Schedule of Events

More activities still being added, so check back often!

*Note: The Royer House is a historic dwelling with steps and uneven terrain. It is not wheelchair accessible. Strollers must be left outside. 

WHAT: First Floor Tours of the 1812 Royer House

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: Yes

“Walk Back In Time” and discover the 1812 Royer House, beautifully furnished with period antiques from our collection. Guides in period clothing will introduce you to the Royer family who lived here in the early 19th century and tell you about the preservation of this significant historic property by our founder, Emma Geiser Nicodemus in the 20th century.

Help protect our priceless artifacts. No food or drink is allowed inside the building. Photos are permitted, but please turn off the flash. 

*Note: The Fahnestock House is a historic dwelling with multiple steps, level changes, and uneven terrain. It is not wheelchair accessible. Strollers must be left outside. 

WHAT: Tours of the 1808 Fahnestock House

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: Yes

The Fahnestock House, built early in Renfrew’s history, became home to the Royer’s youngest daughter, Nancy, husband Peter, and son Alpheus in the mid-nineteenth century. Explore this modest dwelling and learn about the Fahnestock family’s affiliation with the Snow Hill Cloister, business activities, and life on the farmstead.

Help protect our priceless artifacts. No food or drink is allowed inside the building. Photos are permitted, but please turn off the flash. 

WHAT: Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: Yes

Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon with the Lindsay-Carbaugh Family for a leisurely ride up and down Fahnestock Lane. Take in the summertime scenery while listening to the clip-clop of Belgian horse hooves. Ride lasts about 15-20 minutes.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

IMAGE: “Conestoga Wagon” (1883) by Newbold Hough Trotter (1827-1898). Painting in the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

WHAT: Original Conestoga Wagon Display

WHEN: All Day*

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

Discover the work-horse covered vehicle that transported heavy freight goods across the country during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with this unique exhibit! An array of historic accoutrements enhance this special artifact  from the John H. Frantz collection. Learn how Conestogas, pulled by horses, mules, and oxen, were designed to safely carry up to 6 tons of cargo  over smooth and rough terrain to its ultimate destination.

*Weather-dependent.

WHAT: Family Fun Area

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

Hands-on activities for all ages are available at the Farmstead Day Family Fun Area. Try milking our faux cows, make a craft, snap a picture at the photo boards, and more!

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

WHAT: Blacksmithing with Tindall Forge

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

Watch as blacksmith Zane Tindall of Tindall Forge, St. Thomas, PA, forges one-of-a-kind creations out of wrought iron while learning about the history of blacksmithing, tools, and techniques used on the farmstead.

 

WHAT: Fahnestock Farmstead Dinner

WHEN: 12:00pm – 1:00p.m.

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: Yes. This event is a special V.I.P. add-on dining experience. Limited seating. Pre-registration required. Need not purchase general admission to attend.

COST: $160 for a table of up to six (6) guests

Enjoy a hearty farmstead dinner inside the c.1810 restored Fahnestock Barn. Menu includes entrée choice of fried chicken or giant stuffed portabella mushroom accompanied by a garden salad, fresh baked rolls, roasted potatoes, and vegetable medley of mixed squash and carrots. Also includes choice of water, ice tea, or lemonade along with peach dumpling ala mode for dessert. Musical accompaniment  and scenic views of the farmstead enhance this exclusive Farmstead Day experience.

WHAT: Dedication Ceremony for Allie Kohler Memorial Sundial

WHEN: 2:00p.m., Museum House Yard

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

You’re invited to a very special gathering in the Museum House backyard as we honor the memory of Renfrew’s late friend, Allie Kohler (1938-2019). Allie, who served as board president of Renfrew Committee, Inc. (RCI), was a devoted family man, middle school science teacher, and community leader. A functional bronze sundial, mounted atop field stone from Renfrew’s historic grounds, will serve both as a lasting monument to Allie’s years of service and an educational tool for the many visitors to the place he loved. Learn more about Allie’s life and join us for this meaningful ceremony during Farmstead Day.

Renfrew’s 1979 Ford tractor is still in use! Pictured here with our current Supervisor of Building and Grounds, John Frantz.

WHAT: Ed Miller’s Vintage Tractors on Display

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

In the twentieth century, horse-powered farm machinery was replaced by tractors. Visit the Tractor Shed to check out two vintage tractors used by Renfrew’s long-time caretaker, Ed Miller, a 1964 John Deer and 1979 Ford – still used today! Learn about his career working for our last private owners, the Nicodemuses, and how he helped our founder realize her dream of preserving this historic farmstead for future generations.

 

WHAT: Summer Kitchen Hearth & Garden

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

See what’s cooking on the Summer Kitchen hearth as our historic interpreters prepare seasonal fare with fresh ingredients from the farmstead, period recipes, equipment, and techniques. Be sure stop by the Summer Kitchen Garden out back to learn about the heirloom varieties of veggies available to families like the Royers at the turn of the nineteenth century.

WHAT: Pennsylvania German Foursquare Garden

WHEN: All Day

WRISTBAND REQUIRED?: No

Visit Renfrew’s full-scale Pennsylvania German garden at the Fahnestock Farmstead and learn about the traditional Foursquare plan employed by local farm families to grow plants for food, medicine, and enjoyment. Our historic garden features heirloom varieties that would have been available to the Fahnestocks around the year 1860.

Farmstead Day Vendors

Our friends at Keystone Family Restaurant in Waynesboro, PA will be serving up a wide variety of tasty vittles available for purchase. Take a break from exploring the farmstead, sit a spell, and enjoy their delicious homestyle cooking at our picnic tables.

Be sure to check out the unique work of Sanders Creations and Laser Graphics of Waynesboro, PA, specializing in custom laser and CNC graphics on a variety of items in wood and metal.

Grab a delicious cinnamon roll at the Sweet Rollers truck! They’re a family business based in Chambersburg, PA with a mission to support the local community by putting the “fun” back in fundraising through the sale of cinnamon rolls, cookies, coffee, popcorn, and other merchandise.

Specializing in eye-catching decorative graphics on a wide variety of useful things, The Forever Friends Boutique of Waynesboro, PA ‘s selection will include  Americana and farmhouse themed items such as towels, cutting boards, tumblers, t-shirts, car coasters, yard flags, shirts, leggings, and more! 

Stop by the Eighty Two Cafe truck and treat yourself to delicious hot, iced, or frozen artisan coffee hand-prepared by talented baristas from beans roasted locally in Gettysburg, PA. 

Cool down with homemade super premium ice cream made locally by Antietam Dairy.

IMAGE: Nathaniel Currier, Louis Maurer, “Preparing for Market”, 1856

Renfrew is currently accepting applications for retail and food vendors to participate in Farmstead Day on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. We are especially interested in unique handmade items, folk art, traditional craft, fresh produce, preserves, and other items that reflect the spirit of Renfrew’s farming heritage. Renfrew Museum & Park reserves the right to deny any application, for any reason, that it deems does not align with event standards. Click the green button to learn more and apply.

VENDOR SPACE RATES

Food Vendors: $50

Retail Vendors: $30

Nonprofit Vendors: $20