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History of Food in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Virginia
Sep
5
10:30 AM10:30

History of Food in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Virginia

Speaker: Dr. Leni Sorensen
Cost: FREE

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Richmond was a vital market for vegetables, meats, and sea foods produced in rural Virginia, including the Eastern Shore. In Mary Randolph's cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife, we see not only the vast bounties available but the skills of the enslaved cooks who labored to bring these recipes to the plates of Virginia's elites. Her talk will offer insights into those culinary-rich decades. 

Dr. Leni Sorensen is a culinary historian and teacher of home provisioning and rural life skills. A lecturer, consultant and writer, Sorensen is a PhD-level expert in 18th and 19th-century cooking methods used by Virginia housewives and slaves, including those who cooked for Thomas Jefferson.

To learn more about Leni, visit her website, www.theviewfromindigohouse.com.

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Harvesting Salt Around Virginia's Barrier Islands
Sep
20
10:30 AM10:30

Harvesting Salt Around Virginia's Barrier Islands

Speakers: David and Anna Lee
Cost: FREE

After years of dreaming of a coastal lifestyle and launching a barrier islands focused sea salt business, Anna and David Lee pulled the plug on their big city life and moved to the Eastern Shore.  They’ve combined David’s career as a boat captain with Anna’s background as a specialty foods executive to create Barrier Islands Salt Co., Virginia’s first coastal saltworks since the 1700s!

They’ve spent three years perfecting their sea salt, and the result is a bright white, flake sea salt with a clean oceanic flavor and a sweet finish.  Nature does the heaviest lifting for them, giving them the purest water on the east coast to work with.  Come enjoy a morning of learning about the process and history of salt making on the Eastern Shore.

 

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Traveling Tales
Oct
11
10:30 AM10:30

Traveling Tales

Speaker: Storyteller Barb Lawson
Cost: FREE

Come travel with storyteller Barb Lawson as she takes you to England, Thailand, Haiti and back to the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia through her wild and wonderful Traveling Tales. You’ll meet a little old woman, an old conjure man, a spoiled young girl, and a daydreaming boy along the way…. So please join us on this fun and fanciful journey!

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Virginia's Barrier Islands and the American Revolution
Nov
15
10:30 AM10:30

Virginia's Barrier Islands and the American Revolution

Speaker: Dr. Theodore Corbett
Cost: FREE

Many assume that nothing happened on the barrier islands of Virginia during the American Revolution because they were uninhabited. Dr. Theodore Corbett will show that the islands prospered as alternative ports of entry for vital munitions because the British had effectively blockaded the Chesapeake Bay.  Occasionally island militia confronted British warships.  Corbett has published nine history books and taught at Salisbury University.

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