Southampton Historical Museum Hosts Harvest Fair Saturday

The Harvest Day Fair at Rogers Mansion.
The Harvest Day Fair at Rogers Mansion. Photo Credit: Southampton Historical Museum

On Saturday, September 28—in the middle of the weekend-long Southampton SeptemberFest celebration—the Southampton Historical Museum puts on its annual Harvest Day Fair.

The free event, on the grounds of the museum’s Rogers Mansion, recreates life in 19th century Southampton. The fair will feature costumed trade and craftsmen demonstrating decoy carving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, candle making, basketry and many more traditional skills, according to the museum.

There are many activities for both children and adults to participate in.  Civil War re-enactors will make camp and demonstrate rifle shooting and parading, and Shinnecock Indian Nation members will perform drumming. Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor, using only scissors and paper, will create silhouettes in exacting detail, and musicians Edith and Bennett, from Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, will perform 19th century ballads and sea shanties.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fair is at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton.

Simultaneously, the Long Island Antique Power Association, of Jamesport, will showoff antique steam and gasoline engines and machines at the corner of Windmill Lane and Nugent Street.

The following day, Sunday, September 29 the museum hosts its antiques fair at the Captain George White House, 159 North Main Street, Southampton. Antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork, and other collectables will be sold inside and on the lawn. Antique vendors may call 631-283-2494 to participate. The antiques fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ariana Flanagan at a previous Harvest Day Fair.
Ariana Flanagan at a previous Harvest Day Fair. Photo credit: Southampton Historical Museum

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