The Offerings of Limestone Village
The Frontier Village
The frontier village is for those who want to live closest to the land. You can learn how to live in nature with a handful of basic tools that you can carry with you.
Did you ever say, "I was born out of time!" With a knife an axe, and a packet of seeds, a frontiersman could go into the wilderness, build a home, and plant his fields and prosper. He lived much as the native Americans did, learning from them, and living by his skills and wits.
He foraged for food, He fished, trapped, and hunted game. He knew the ways of the land, the plants, and the animals. When it got cold he was prepared. He had shelter, food, and fuel on hand.
The frontier village depicts the time of the interactions of the European trader and the Indian Village. You can choose to help build log cabins, wigwams, and other frontier housing. You will learn traditional toolmaking, butchering, and tanning hides.
You will learn in each season throughout the year, the methods of growing food, of gathering food and preserving food, identifying plants, and learning folk medicine from the Native Americans and Colonial America.
The emphasis for your visit will be to introduce you to the ways of life of that era: when individuals made their own way on the land, with very little reliance on the broader society. You will learn how it feels to be so close to the soil, the sun, the wind, the water, the plants, and animals, and nothing is in the way of your coexistence with others in the natural elements.
The type of lessons you learn will change with the seasons.
The time you choose to visit will influence the lessons.
Limestone Village Mercantile
The Village Store is the first building you approach from the parking lot. Here you can register, buy supplies, examine and purchase crafts from our crafts people, and enjoy hot coffee, doughnuts, and baked goods from the Boarding House Kitchen.
The Carpenter Shop
The carpenter shop uses traditional methods to build, replace, and repair doors, windows, banisters, and cabinetry in the village. In addition, the carpenters build wagons, furniture, and fine boxes and crafts. Their products can be seen and purchased in the village store.
The Boarding House Kitchens and Dining Rooms
The Boarding house was originally built as housing for single workers. Today, we still provide rooms for single visitors, and meals prepared in traditional ways, and with traditional recipes, but with modern sanitation and preservation. Here you can study traditional hearth cooking and baking in a bake-oven.
Our emphasis is on traditional recipes. You can taste hearty rural American fare, from hominy and bean soup—prepared with Native Delaware Indian recipes, to roasted cornmeal cornbread, sourdough breads, pot pie (or pot boi), buttered noodles, and venison and buffalo dishes. (Remember, we are on Buffalo Creek!) Colonial renditions of recipes using European improved crops such as potatoes, tomatoes, beets and improved livestock varieties such as chicken and turkey are also included on our menus.
The chapel has a long history, as a non-denominational chapel serving Protestants of all origins, and Catholics. For a time, it was used as an office. Today, it is being restored as a chapel, and will serve as a school classroom in the traditional small-village way. Did you know that the author of the McGuffy readers was born less than 80 miles from Limestone Village?
The Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop will be the center of all ironwork in the village. Hinges, latches, andirons, turners, forks, stirrers, nails, and anything needed in iron will be made onsite by our blacksmith. In addition, he will make objects for sale to the public, and teach classes in basic blacksmithing. He will have the ability to take apprentices, as he chooses.
The farmer will be able to introduce you to the basic skills of traditional rural agriculture. Learn how to milk a cow, and receive an introduction to dairying including: cheesemaking, buttermaking, and keeping cows healthy. Learn the basics of raising poultry, sheep, and goats, and other livestock. In season, learn to shear a sheep, to butcher large animals, and to prepare poultry for the table. In season, help with appropriate crops, and learn how to integrate all these facets into a homestead farm.
The gardens at Limestone Village are not only productive, organic, and sustainable, but they also raise heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Our emphasis will be first on the traditional varieties of plants, and secondly, on the developed and improved varieties that do well in this climate when raised in an organic and sustainable garden or field.
In season, you will learn ground preparation, fertilization methods, weed control, planting, cultivation methods, harvesting, seed saving, and preservation. Heirloom seeds will be available in the village store.
The Stables: Traditional Horsemanship
Our Horsemanship Instructors will introduce you to our horses, and to traditional horsemanship, horse handling, riding, driving, and working horses. To complete the basic horsemanship course in one week, all three special skills electives have to be chosen for horsemanship. Each day, the student will have at least two riding sessions of 45 minutes each, and an additional session of horse handling, harnessing, and working with lines.
The Telegraph Office
Here in the village we have a telegraph and an authentic telephone system that requires hand cranking to get the operator! The telegraph operator also gives instruction in Morse Code, early telephones, and the history of communication, as a special skills class.
For those who need to connect with the outside world to keep in touch with their boss, their office, or family, we do have a WI-FI suite behind the telegraph office. This is only open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you have business needs, please talk to the telegraph operator to make special arrangements.