Harvest Days

Saturday, October 3, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The LSU Rural Life Museum presents its annual Harvest Days event.  Louisiana artisans will interpret agricultural and household activities common on plantations and farms during harvest time in the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout the day, we will also have various musical performances. 

Regular admission prices will be charged.

 

Musical Group Performance Time
Reaux Roscoe and Abadie 8:00am to 5:00pm
Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge 11:00am to 12:00pm
James Linden and Jim Hogg 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Reaux Roscoe and Abadie band
Baton Rouge Caledonians
James Linden and Jim Hogg

 

The following activities are demonstration only and will be ongoing throughout the day from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will not be any hands-on activities this year. 

 

Activity Description
Spinning Demonstration on how wool or cotton fibers were spun into yarn.
Reed Basket Weaving Demonstration on how to weave baskets made from reeds.
Tatting The art of making lace
Corn Husk Dolls Demonstration on how to make dolls from dried corn husks.
Woodworking Demonstration on wood carving.
Blacksmithing The blacksmith will light the fire in the forge to demonstrate how various farm implements were made in the 19th century.
Quill Pen Writing Demonstration on how to make and use quill pens from bird feathers.
Open Hearth Cooking The cook will light the fire in the kitchen to demonstrate how food was cooked in the 19th century over an open-hearth.
Black Powder Firearms A talk about the different firearms from the 19th century as well as the advances in firearm technology.
Timbering Demonstration on how logs where made into timber for building construction in the 19th century.
Soap Making Demonstration on how to make home-made soap.
Syrup Making Demonstration on how to make syrup from sugar cane juice.
Candle Making Demonstration on how to make candles.
Basket Weaving Demonstration on how to weave baskets made from pine needles.

soap making demonstration

black powder demonstration

wood working demonstration

open hearth cooking demonstration