Historic Hearth Cooking


$200.00 for a 3-hour session

One to Four Participants

Available by appointment only April through October*

We are now booked for the 2021 season and are no longer accepting inquiries.

2022 dates will be announced after the first of the year. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned!

Private Lessons for up to Four Guests

Enjoy an intimate, hands-on culinary experience inside Renfrew’s 1814 Summer Kitchen. Guests will be taught the basics of early nineteenth-century open hearth cooking techniques by preparing their own period meal under the guidance of our domestic life historians in period dress. Menu selections reflect the seasonal ingredients available to local families like the Royers during the early nineteenth century and can be tailored to participants’ dietary needs. You will learn about historic hearth equipment, how it works, and use it safely to create a delicious and hearty repast. Nothing tastes better than a hearth-cooked meal made by your own two hands! Contact us to schedule a date for your personalized instruction in historic cookery today.

PROGRAM NOTES: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, lessons must be reserved by a family unit, household, or party of no more than four (4) people.  Sold by the package for up to four (4) guests at a total rate of $200 ($50 per person). Individual tickets not available. Flat rate of $200 applies regardless of number in your group. Children ages ten and over are welcome with a responsible adult. Masks must be worn at all times except while seated and dining. A deposit of $100.00 is due at the time of booking and may be refunded for cancellations up to one (1) week prior to the scheduled lesson. Deposit is forfeited if cancellation occurs less than seven (7) days before the class. Balance is due upon arrival.

Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeves and long pants in natural fibers. Avoid hairspray or scented body products that may contain alcohol or other flammable materials. You are welcome to bring your own apron if desired. Period hot-pads, utensils, and dishware will be provided. 

*While we will do our best to accommodate your preferred date/time, scheduling is based on instructor availability, weather, and lighting conditions. Classes must conclude before dusk for safety.