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Cherry Hill News Winter 2019 - 2020

Harriet Tubman ~ Slave, Activist, Abolitionist and Hero “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other…” Harriet Tubman Sculptor Wesley Wofford unveiled his dramatic nine-foot sculpture - “Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad” - in a private building in Dallas, TX, this fall. Information about Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Harriet Tubman (Araminta Ross) can be found in Cherry Hill News “Underground Railroad Presentation” [Winter 2019] and ”The Hiding Space in the Child’s Room” [Winter 2017]. Harriet Tubman’s (ca.1822-1913) story is told in a recently released movie entitled “Harriet.”

Our thanks to Falls Church City for the repair and painting of the Cherry Hill barn and corn crib. They look great!

Use of Hot Air Balloons During the Civil War At the Smithsonian Institution air facility at Udvar-Hazy, a member recently discovered a small exhibit of material used for aerial reconnaissance during the Civil War. The display contains a sample of fabric from a hot air balloon used by the Confederate Army. Made from pieces of oiled cloth cut from bolts of dress silk, this balloon was constructed at the Chatham Armory in Savannah, Georgia in the spring of 1862. The balloon was used at the battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia. Federal troops captured it in July 1862. The exhibit also contains a barometer with a sliding scale made around 1860 by T.S.C. Lowe in his efforts to support the Union Army. Professor Thaddeus Lowe launched a hot air balloon near Falls Church in late June 1861. This type of reconnaissance was rather short-lived since hot air balloons could easily be shot down. A blogger at the site below provides a description of Lowe’s 1861 attempts in Falls Church and a reconnaissance map developed from them.

The 26th annual Farm Day took place at Cherry Hill Park on Saturday, October 12 with perfect fall weather. The tradition continued with hayrides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, apple pressing, blacksmiths and pony rides. The house was also open for tours throughout the event.

Here’s a link to a Fox 5 TV video of Cherry Hill Director Corey Janicelli making a scarecrow. The video was part of the station's coverage of Falls Church on September 23.

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Blast into the Past Summer Camp 2019 Campers had another super summer attending Blast into the Past camp at Cherry Hill Farm! Along with learning the traditional hand-craft arts of paper quilling, rug hooking and making silhouettes, campers learned how hard it is to get stains out without a washing machine! A fieldtrip to Carlyle House and the Friendship Firehouse in Alexandria, VA was also part of their summer camp schedule.

Top row (L-R): Learning about the fashions of the day; paper quilling; getting the fabric dirty before doing laundry by hand Bottom row (L-R): A hand-cut silhouette; practicing to make a hooked rug

Scenes from the Kitchen Garden‌

Christmas during the American Civil War Both the North and South celebrated Christmas during the Civil War (1861-1865). Some soldiers received furloughs and others were treated to special foods such as turkey, oysters and pies. However, just as often supply routes were cut off and there were no special celebrations. There are many descriptions of soldiers simply decorating their tents and cabins with greens and hoping for special packages from home. In one account Union soldiers tied tree branches to the heads of mules to resemble reindeer. The mules pulled carts delivering food to hungry Georgians. Christmas did not become an official federal holiday until 1870 when President Grant proclaimed the holiday in hopes of uniting the North and South. Popular Christmas songs of the period included: 1840: Deck the Halls; Oh Come All Ye Faithful; Hark the Herald Angels Sing 1850: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 1857: Jingle Bells (written as a Thanksgiving song); We Three Kings of Orient Are 1860: Up on the Housetop

Christmas Tree References in Early America 1760  People report that gingerbread cakes shaped like stars and hearts were all placed on a tree. 1819  Philadelphia artist, John Lewis Krimmel, sketches a small decorated table top Christmas tree. 1821  A diary describes a Bethlehem, Pa. family going out to get a Christmas tree. 1823  The York Gazette reports a group of bachelors set up a decorated tree for an old maids society. 1825  Philadelphia’s Saturday Evening Post describes “trees visible through the windows, boughs laden with fruits.” 1830  The New York Dorcas Society displays Christmas trees to raise money for charities. 1836  The earliest Christmas tree in American literature appears in the Token and Atlantic Souvenir. 1842  A German born teacher introduces the first Christmas tree to Williamsburg, Virginia. It is decorated with popcorn, colored paper and a gold star. 1856  President Pierce decorates the first White House Christmas tree. 1860  Godey’s Lady’s Book describes a Christmas tree standing on the floor. Earlier trees were placed on tabletops. Candles, food, ribbons, homemade paper decorations, small toys, strings of berries, tiny flags and lace bags filled with candy were also used as decorations. 1861-1865  The Patriotic Christmas tree appears. People decorate them with flags and red, white and blue ribbons. 1900  One out of five families have a Christmas tree.

Upcoming Events at Cherry Hill Farmhouse Email or call 703-248-5171 for more information.

A Very Victorian Christmas Saturday, November 30 10am - 2pm Free Admission Start your Christmas Season off with a visit to Cherry Hill Farmhouse to see how Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War. Costumed re-enactors welcome friends, neighbors, and soldiers who gather for some holiday cheer in the midst of the conflict. Period decorations, music, holiday stories, and children’s activities are all part of the festivities.

Children’s Holiday Shoppe Saturday, December 7 10am - 2pm Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse This fun annual event is an opportunity for children to purchase inexpensive gifts for their family members with help from volunteers. All gifts are $6 or less and gift wrapped for free. Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation.

Holiday Tea Saturday, December 14 2 - 4pm 131501-A R: $33 / NR: $33 Sunday, December 15 2 - 4pm 131501-B R: $33 / NR: $33 Enjoy a special holiday tea and talk at the historic farmhouse. The house will be decorated in mid-19th century period décor and will include a tree. The talk will be presented by the 1858 mistress of Cherry Hill. As always, the tea consists of tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, warm scones and a bottomless cup of tea. Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation. All Ages **Reservations Required* Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Valentine Tea Sunday, February 9 2 - 4pm Cost: $33 Bring someone special to tea at the historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse. A costumed docent will host this holiday themed tea. Guests will dine on sandwiches, assorted sweets, scones, and hot tea! Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation. ***Reservations are Required*** The senior citizen discount is not available for this program.

Girl Scout Day - Playing the Past Saturday, February 22 2 - 4 pm Fee: $10.00 per girl Junior Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in the 1800s as they tour the farmhouse and listen to the oral histories of past occupants. Girls will have the chance to get into character trying on period clothes, writing with quill pens, making butter and playing parlor games. This program fulfills all badge requirements.

Celtic Music Concert Saturday, March 14 8 - 10pm Cost: $15 Enjoy a lively evening of Irish music in the intimate atmosphere of the farmhouse parlor. 18 & up

Docent Training Saturday, March 21 2 - 4pm Cherry Hill Farmhouse is seeking volunteer docents to give tours to the public. This opportunity is great for individuals with outgoing personalities and a love for history! 16 & up

Cherry Hill Ice Cream Social! Cherry Hill celebrates the start of its open house season with some family fun! Join us for yard games, tours and ice cream! Have a chance to use our old fashion ice cream maker and learn how ice cream was made in the 1860’s. Saturday, April 6 Time: 10 am – 12pm

Future Events — Mark Your Calendar! Brownies/Girl Scout Day - Making Games Saturday, April 18 2pm - 4pm Fee: $10.00 per girl Mother’s Day Tea Sunday, May 10

2pm - 4pm

Cost: $33

Home School Program: Life on a 19th Century Farm (Ages 5 & up) Thursday, May 21 10 - 11:30am Cost: $5, adults are free

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