About Traditional Trades
When walking through a historic home have you ever asked yourself “how did they make paint back then?” or “how was such an intricate cornice made?” If you visit Stratford Hall’s Traditional Trades Fair this May, these and many more insights will be gained. You will have the opportunity to learn how hand-ground linseed oil paint was (and still is) made, how decorative plaster is applied, and how other interior trades were done in the 18th and 19th centuries. The opportunity to interact with, and witness, the tradespeople who are keeping the trades alive will also be available. This will be a great time to see the charm of the fine craftsmanship often displayed in our country’s historical treasures. From the walls to the floors, we will examine the lost skills and techniques that transformed rooms into spaces filled with grace, comfort, and style.
This event will have activities, for the whole family. For the children, hands-on-fun includes: basic carpentry, coloring, stenciling and painting pre-cast plaster figures, a trades scavenger hunt (with prizes)…and much more!
For those who want a little more insight, stop by the scheduled series of “mini talks” on 18th-century interior design, beds and bedding , painting, floor coverings, textiles, gilding, and plastering.
Or take a break and visit the other rooms of the Great House, walk the gardens, grounds, and trails. Take a short drive to our operating gristmill. Or try your luck at finding 16 million-year-old fossils on our beach.