Getting ready for winter

Fall in the 18th Century meant it was time to harvest, store and stockpile supplies that would carry families through the cold. Meat was smoked and sausages made, sheep were shorn, flax broken, winter clothing mended, mittens knitted, pumpkins were dried, apples made into cider and apple butter, cucumbers pickled, turnips and carrots carried to the root cellar, herbs dried and hung, piles of firewood cut, split and stacked in tidy cords, candles dipped and soap boiled.

Children will learn about the extensive preparations needed to survive the privations of a New England winter at a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 11, 11-12:30, at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road.

Museum educator Lola Chen will discuss those tasks and children may try using a two-person log saw.

Making a simple log carrier of burlap is the workshop project. The children will help make their snack, apple cake.

Suggested for ages 6 to 12, the cost for members is $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members, $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Register at or call 203-762-7257.