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Industrial History: As American as apple pie

By Staff | Mar 4, 2013

The public is invited to register for a special two-hour historic trades pie baking workshop on Saturday, March 9 at Harpers Ferry national Historical Park. Two sessions are offered: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Step into Mr. and Mrs. Roeder’s 1860 Confectionery on pie baking day. Learn to bake the “new way” in a wood burning stove.

Return to the era before the Civil War when a shift began from locally raised organic foods to more expensive processed tin canned foods. Enjoy a slice of hot fruit pie that you’ve made. Learn how the industrial revolution made that pie possible; how the ingredients made their way to the table, from field to factory, and which town citizens would have experienced financial hardship to afford this new-fangled marvel.

Cost of the workshop is $20 per adult which covers instruction, wood stove fire management techniques, samples of heirloom, local back bred, 19th century apples and baking ingredients. Class size is limited to six participants per class. To register, call 304-535-6881 or go online to harpersferryhistory.org.