2022 Programs & Events

GIG22The programs listed below are presented by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Please click on program or event in the list below for more information, or scroll down.

You can register and pay securely online for many events.

March

Pruning & Grafting Workshops (March 26 or 27 )

May

Wake Up the Garden: Cultivating Morrill’s  Gardens (May 14)  

2022 Opening Day for Guided Tours, Exhibits, & Gardens (May 28)

June

Moss Walk (June 5)

Open House and Puppet Show (June 12)

Walking Tour of Justin Morrill’s Strafford Village (June 18)

Tree Walk (June 25)

July

Gallery In The Garden (July 1)

Online Auction of “Morrill Minis” (July 1-8)

Art Show: The Other American Dream (July 1-17)

Basket Making Workshop (July 16)

Walking Tour of Justin Morrill’s Strafford Village (July 16)

Photography Camp for Children ages 8-12 (July 18-22)

Drawing and Watercolor Camp for Children for ages 6-12 (July 25-29)

August

Watercolor Intro Workshop (August 7)

Watercolor Series (August 9, 16, 23, 30)

Printmaking Workshop (August 20)

Walking Tour of Justin Morrill’s Strafford Village (August 20)

Olmsted 200 Talk: “From Yosemite’s Half Dome to the Capitol Dome: The Intersecting Lives of Frederick Law Olmsted and Justin Morrill” (August 21)

Whitman Brook Orchard Guided Walk (August 27)

Garden Talk: “Morrill’s Landscape Design: Bringing An Historic Garden Back To Life” (August 28)

September

Symposium: The Morrill Land-Grant Acts and Tribal Lands (September 10)

Walking Tour of Justin Morrill’s Strafford Village (September 17)

19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival (September 25)

October

Putting the Garden to Bed (October 8)

 


Pruning and Grafting Fruit Trees—Workshop with Mike Hebb

Saturday, March 26 or Sunday, March 27    1-4 p.m.

March 26 is full.  Please select March 27 when you register.

 Morrill Education Center

Mike Hebb describes the basics of pruning apple trees for esthetics, health, longevity, better fruit, ease of harvesting and management, including correct pruning cuts and tools. Hebb’s hands-on grafting workshop shows how grafting can be used to control many of the characteristics of growing trees, including size, timing of maturity and fruiting, disease resistance, drought resistance, and fruit varieties. He’ll cover cultivars, asexual propagation, whip grafts, nurse grafts, bark grafts, cleft grafts, bridge grafts, top working, inarching, brace graft, graft compatibility, budding and information on pest control and root stock selection. Participants will practice the mechanics of grafting in the workshop and discuss after-care. A materials list will be sent to each registrant.

$25.00

March 26 is full.  Please select March 27 when you register. 

Online: Register & pay securely online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org


Wake Up the Garden: Cultivating Morrill’s Historic Landscape

Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to noon
Morrill Homestead Gardens & Grounds

Work with the Homestead’s Master Gardener to prepare the Victorian gardens for the 2022 season. This is the first of several projects designed to nurture the colorful annual beds in the pleasure ground and expand the kitchen garden—Morrill’s laboratory for experimenting with plant hardiness that contains a variety of roses, perennials, berry bushes, herbs.

Come join us and become a part of Vermont’s history as we care for the historic landscape of this very influential American. You can earn all of your Master Gardener outreach hours with us.

What is provided:
Basic garden tools will be on hand. Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the morning.

All welcome! Event is free.  Please preregister:

Online: Register free online
Phone: 802-649-2940
Email: aj.zwik.77@gmail.com


2022 Guided Tours, Exhibits, and Gardens at Justin Morrill State Historic Site

Scott Miller

Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, October 9

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

TOURS: Guided tours of Morrill’s Gothic Revival historic house and art start on the hour. Self-guided explorations of the formal gardens, interpretive exhibits, and walking trails, at your leisure.

House Tours: Adults – $6.00; Children under 15 – free

Public Tour questions: 802-765-4484
To Schedule a Group Tour contact Vermont Division for Historic Preservation: 802-828-3051
Directions: www.morrillhomestead.org
Email: Tracy.Martin@vermont.gov

Website: historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/morrill


Moss Walk with Micki Colbeck

Sunday, June 5, 1:00 p.m.

Come join naturalist and bryophyte-lover Micki Colbeck for a short tutorial followed by a walk around the Homestead to see some mosses, liverworts, and Selaginella and to learn the difference between them. Hand lenses are helpful but not necessary. Hiking will be easy. For kids and adults. Learn some Latin names and the easy mnemonics to help remember them. 

$5

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by E.C. Brown’s Nursery and Old City Tree Service.


Morrill Homestead Open House and Puppet Show

Presented by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Sunday, June 12, 2-4 p.m.      A Free event!

Bring the family and be our guests for an Ice Cream Social, Guided Tours of Justin Morrill’s Gothic Revival Home, Victorian Gardens, Interpretive Exhibits, and a Puppet Show.

At 2:30 join No Strings Marionette Co. for “Jack And The Beanstalk”

Come experience this well-loved tale from Britain, retold with all the magic and mischief our marionettes can muster! Marmalade the cow’s appetite drives the action from Jack’s humble cottage to the magnificent castle high above in the clouds.  The stage is hardly big enough to contain the one of a kind hand-crafted marionettes, let alone the ravenous, rummaging Giant. You’ll thrill to the unexpected twists in this exciting production, suitable for all ages. 

Sponsored by MC Autoworks and underwritten by Mascoma Bank.


Walking Tours of Morrill’s Strafford Village

Saturdays, June 18, July 16, August 20 and Sept. 17

11 a.m. leaving from the Morrill Homestead

Historical tours of Strafford’s village which remains much the same as in Morrill’s time. Tours include Morrill’s birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop, two libraries, the Strafford Town House, and the mausoleum where Morrill is buried.

$5.00; Children under 15  free Please pay when you arrive.

Please preregister:
Online: Register online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Coburn’s General Store and Stone Soup Restaurant.


Tree Walk with Dave Paganelli

Scott Miller

Saturday, June 25,  10:00-noon

Please join David Paganelli, Orange County Forester, for an informal tree walk around the grounds of the Homestead.    We will walk the grounds and discuss the various unusual plantings, and also the native trees at the forest edge.   All are welcome.

$5

Online: Register & pay securely online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by E.C. Brown’s Nursery and Old City Tree Service.


Gallery in the Garden

 Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Viewing of Mini Paintings to be Auctioned, and Guided Tours

Friday, July 1
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Early Morning Moon by Jo Levasseur

The Morrill Homesteads annual Gallery in the Garden art show and online auction is a highlight of the Upper Valley art season. The 2022 edition features works created in an array of styles by fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Valley, and beyond. Sixteen artists present their unique perspectives on the theme “The Other American Dream” in ways that are moving, playful, profound, and inspiring.

Summer Day Camel’s Hump by Matt Brown

 

Guided  Tour Of Justin Morrill’s Gothic Revival House until 6 p.m.

 

 

5 p.m. – Reception for the art show opening in the Carriage Barn.  Matt Brown and Jo Levasseur are the featured artists and inspiration for The Other American Dream exhibit.

“Minis for Morrill” paintings on view in the Education Center —magnificent 4″x4″ mini paintings by artists of regional and national reputation to be auctioned online.

“The Other American Dream” will  also include works by: Gerry Bergstein, Todd Binzen, Gail Boyajian, Jennifer Brown, Dierdre Dennis, Kate Emlen, Jean Gerber, Jeanne McMahan, Andy Newman,  Mary Louise Pierson, William Ransom, Celia Reisman, Enrico Riley, and Sherry St. Germaine.

Sponsored by ECFiber and underwritten by Mascoma Bank.


Minis for Morrill Online Auction

Winter’s Eve by Dierdre Dennis

Bidding ends 7:00 pm July 8 at

BiddingOwl.com/JustinMorrillHomestead

Over 50 magnificent 4″x4″ mini paintings by artists of regional and national reputation.

Come see the Paintings in person Friday July 8, 12-5pm 

The Lettuce Pickers by Jennifer Brown

 

The 2022 mini auction includes works by these artists, and many more: Gerry Bergstein, Todd Binzen, Gail Boyajian, Jennifer Brown, Matt Brown, Dierdre Dennis, Kate Emlen, Jean Gerber, Jo Levasseur, Jeanne McMahan, Andy Newman, J.J. Overstreet, William Ransom, Celia Reisman, Enrico Riley, and Sherry St. Germaine. 

Sponsored by Dr. Alicia Willette, DDS and underwritten by National Life Group.


Basket Making Workshop with Dona Nazarenko

Workshop is full!

Saturday July 16,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Come learn the art of basketry with Dona Nazarenko of Country Spirit Baskets. Choose between two baskets popular in the 19th century: the Kitchen Helper Basket or the Traditional Market Basket.  The Kitchen basket shows off a stylish graceful woven handle. The Market basket has a wooden handle woven into it.  They both have many uses for storage and organizing or can be a valuable catch-all for every table.  Option of adding colors if you would like. 

$55  All materials included.

Please register by July 12.

Workshop is full and registration is closed.

Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Kate Cassidy at Four Seasons – Sotheby’s Realty.


Photography Camp (ages 8-12)

Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m. – noon
Morrill Education Center, Gardens & Grounds

Learning photography is a great way for young people to explore the outdoors and become immersed in the beauty of nature.  World Story Exchange teacher Scott McClure Miller has taught photography to children in 11 countries for the past decade.  Join Scott this summer on the lovely grounds of the Morrill Homestead.  Each day will be a fun mixture of learning and practicing new skills while enjoying the outdoors.  The week will culminate with a photo exhibit of campers’ work in the Strafford Post Office. Cameras are provided.

$150 per child   (Financial assistance available.)

Online: Register & pay securely online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Kumon Math & Reading and Bushway Insurance Agency.


Drawing and Watercolor Camp (ages 6 to 12)

Camp is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.

Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9 a.m. – noon
Morrill Education Center, Gardens & Grounds

Explore the nature and architecture of the Morrill Homestead through drawing, nature journaling, and watercolor painting. Make your own handmade books for sketching and finished work. Drawing will include direct observation of nature, drawing games, and techniques to improve your skills.

Children will be inspired by the natural surroundings of the gardens, trails, and stream. Each child will learn new painting methods and practice watercolors of the buildings, forests, and pond. Students will have time to complete finished drawings and paintings. Instruction will be tailored to children’s experience and interests.

Instructor Jennifer Brown is a longstanding illustrator for Stave Puzzles and has taught art at Sharon Academy. Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme.

$125 per child  (Financial assistance available.)

Camp is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.

Online: Register & pay securely online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Agatha’s Resale Shop and Bushway Insurance Agency.


Watercolor Workshop with Jennifer Brown

Sunday, August 7,  1-3 p.m.
Morrill Homestead Gardens & Grounds

Workshop is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.  

In this watercolor workshop, we will emphasize painting the beautiful flowers blooming in the Morrill Homestead Gardens. The focus will be to follow in the tradition of observing and painting botanicals with lots of encouragement for embracing your own original style. This class is an introduction to a longer series. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

$35

Workshop is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.  

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Bonnie Bergeron at Martha Diebold Real Estate.


Watercolor Series with Jennifer Brown

Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23, and 30,  5-7 p.m.
Morrill Homestead Gardens & Grounds

Series is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.  

In this series we will continue to work from life and explore the world of flowers. Using plants found on the grounds of the Morrill Homestead, we will study and explore nature up close. Some drawing instruction will be provided along with tips and practices in watercolor techniques. A suggested materials list provided upon registration.

Jennifer teaches watercolor classes at the Morrill Homestead and at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and exhibits her paintings at the Matt Brown Fine Art Gallery in Lyme, N.H.

$80

Please register by August 3rd.

Series is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.  

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Bonnie Bergeron at Martha Diebold Real Estate.


Morrill Homestead Printmaking Class with Tracy Gillespie

Class is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.

Saturday, August 20,  9:00 – noon

Come make block prints inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Morrill Homestead. We’ll start off with a brief tour of the grounds, and then we’ll meet in the education center to work on making art from what we discover. In this class you will learn basic design, carving, and printing techniques in a relaxed, supportive, and
playful atmosphere.  You will come away with a completed print, suitable for framing, embellishing and/or mailing as a card.

$45 All materials are included.

Class is full.  Please email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist.

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Kate Cassidy at Four Seasons – Sotheby’s Realty.


“From Yosemite’s Half Dome to the Capitol Dome:                      The Intersecting Lives of Frederick Law Olmsted and Justin Morrill”

Olmsted 200 Talk with Rolf Diamant

Sunday, August 21, 4:00 p.m.

Rolf Diamant, co-author of Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea (2022), will speak on the parallel paths of Olmsted and Morrill, their vision for America, and their interactions, both during and after the Civil War.  It is remarkable that Olmsted discussed the symbolic importance of completing the US Capitol building (during the Civil War) in his landmark 1865 Yosemite Report, and then would answer Morrill’s summons, eight years later, to design the capitol grounds.

David Iliff photograph

Diamant will also examine passage of the Yosemite Act, signed by President Lincoln in 1864, in the context of Justin Morrill’s first college land grant bill. In 1859, Morrill’s bill was denounced in apocalyptic terms by pro-slavery Southern Democrats and ultimately vetoed by President James Buchanan. There is little doubt that had the Yosemite legislation (another land grant) been introduced alongside Morrill’s bill in the ante-bellum Congress, it would have been subjected to the same rhetorical assault and suffered a similar fate. 

$5 in-person (Full)  or via Zoom

Registration required.

In-person spots are full.  Please register to attend on Zoom and  email director@morrillhomestead.org to get on the waitlist for an in-person spot.

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Janet Cavanagh Landscape Architect and Eric Thorp Diversified.


Whitman Brook Orchard Guided Walk

Saturday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Whitman Brook Orchard, Quechee, Vermont

Terry Dorman, owner and manager of Whitman Brook Orchard, leads this tour as the orchard prepares for harvest season. Learn the history of certain apples, as well the characteristics and uses for a number of the lesser known varieties grown at Whitman Brook. The walk offers a close-up look at the reclamation and restoration of a 100-year-old abandoned hillside orchard with an opportunity to examine the evolution of grafting techniques on older trees.  Participants will not only see the results of this year’s spring grafts, but also the evolution of earlier grafts now bearing fruit.

$15

Online: Register & pay securely online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Click here for directions to Whitman Brook Orchard in Quechee.

Sponsored by E.C. Brown’s Nursery and Flint, Blake, and Boles Roofing.


“Morrill’s Landscape Design: Bringing An Historic Garden Back To Life” – Garden Talk with Margie Carpenter, Landscape Historian & Master Gardener

Sunday, August 28,  2 p.m. 

Justin Smith Morrill was a serious student of landscape design and an avid horticulturist.  His designs and plantings for the walkways and grounds around his home are in the best tradition of the mid-nineteenth century Romantic Landscape Movement in America. Morrill’s landscape plans draw from Victorian tastemaker and horticulturist Andrew Jackson Downing. His gardens were filled with new plants just being introduced to this country from Europe, Asia, and South America.  Come learn more about our famous Senator’s landscape design and horticultural interests.

$5

Please preregister:

Online: Register online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Sponsored by Janet Cavanagh Landscape Architect and Eric Thorp Diversified.


The Morrill Land-Grant Acts And Tribal Lands: What Happened, What’s Next

Symposium in conjunction with Vermont Law School

Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vermont Law & Graduate School

Reception to follow 3-5 p.m. at the Morrill Homestead

This event will briefly explore the vision of Justin Morrill, but will primarily focus on the legacy of the Land-Grant Acts for indigenous nations, including an exploration of the historical and modern connections between specific indigenous lands and the universities and colleges they funded. We will learn exactly “what happened,” to what degree it is still happening, and will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative discussion about “what’s next.”

Keynote Speakers, authors of “Land-Grab Universities”

Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa)
Editor at Large, Grist
Robert Lee, Assistant Professor of History, University of Cambridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Speakers:

Twyla Baker, President, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
Hillary Hoffmann,  Co-Director, Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$20 in-person and $10 virtually.  Students free.

Online: Register & Pay Securely Online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Supported by the Vermont Humanities and underwritten by Hotel Coolidge.


19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

AWARD WINNER! “Top Ten Fall Events” —Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Bring the whole family to a harvest festival at the Homestead. Listen to live toe-tapping fiddle and accordion music with Gale & Gundlach. Meet farm animals—the kind that Justin Morrill would have had on his small 19th-century farm. Make your own cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apples, fine artisan cheeses, Vermont ice cream, and homemade apple pie. Play period games, and hike the lookout trail. Also includes wagon rides, gardens, basket-making demo, exhibits, an icehouse, and a historic Gothic Revival home.

 

$5 adults – under 15 free  Please pay when you arrive.   No preregistration necessary.

Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: director@morrillhomestead.org

Event sponsored by  Strafford Village Farm and underwritten by Norwich University.


Putting the Garden to Bed

Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. – noon
Morrill Homestead Gardens & Grounds

kitchen garden photo 1mbAssist our Master Gardener with the annual autumn “putting the garden to bed” day at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site in Strafford, Vermont. Tasks include cutting back perennials and pulling annuals, raking, mulching, weeding, bringing old plants to the compost area—generally cleaning up the kitchen garden and ornamental garden beds and preparing them for the winter and the next growing season. (Master Gardeners can earn outreach hours with us.) All Welcome.

What is provided:
Basic garden tools will be on hand. Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the morning.

Rain or shine

All Welcome. Event is free.  Please preregister:

Online: Register free online
Phone: 802-765-4288
Email: nostring@together.net