44th Annual Territorial Fair

Historic Arkansas Museum - Monday, May 01, 2017

44th Annual Territorial Fair

Historic Arkansas Foodways

Saturday, May 13

10 am – 4 pm



Discover the cultures and conditions that shaped what 19th century Arkansans ate by taking a culinary tour through time as you watch frontier cooking at several stops and collect recipes as you go. While exploring the fair, you can take part in a scavenger hunt to win a door prize.

Pioneer cooking demonstrations include baking a German apple tart at the c.1827 Hinderliter Grog Shop, a nod to the proprietor’s ancestry. Scottish food will be cooked alongside slave and African-influenced food in the 1840s Brownlee Kitchen, representing the historic home’s occupants. Dutch oven cooking and 19th century pioneer recipes will be featured at the 1850s Log House Farmstead. Food cooked at the farmstead will include hardtack, a staple of Civil War soldiers, as well as a teacake recipe found in the Arkansas Advocate, January 23, 1833. While you are at the farmstead, collect a container of kitchen pepper, a common item in the 19th century pantry. And, at the McVicar House, find out what foods would be packed on a California Gold Rush adventure!

Check out the Brownlee Smokehouse where Museum Conservator Andy Zawacki will be smoking various cheeses and nuts, and answering all your questions. Then, head over to the Blacksmith Shop where blacksmith Lin Rhea will be demonstrating various 19th century blacksmithing techniques.

Take time to take in a living history performances during the fair. Performances include Keith Moore as James McVicar as he heads to the Gold Rush, Chris Tripp as Robert Brownlee, Ian Beard as Jesse Hinderliter, and Charles Holloway as Isaac, a bar worker enslaved by Hinderliter. McVicar, Brownlee, and Hinderliter all lived on the museum’s historic block during the 19th century.

Listen to live music, including Celtic band Lark in the Morning featuring hammer dulcimer, Ozark folk singing by Sugar on the Floor, Clark Bueling on banjo and Ricky Russell and Company playing fiddles.

Take a turn around the maypole with The Arkansas Country Dance Society as they lead guests in historical dances to tunes that were popular during the territorial era. Kids, and the young at heart, will love playing pioneer games, like walking on stilts and hoop rolling, as well as making crafts, like nature rubbings, Mother’s Day cards, and flowers from plastic spoons.

Interact with the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors who will be on the grounds with historically accurate clothing, tools, and accessories.

And be sure to indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Le Pops Gourmet Ice Lollies booth where they will sell their frozen treats during the Fair.