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Try your hand at 19th-century trades at Hagley

May 31, 2016 11:33AM ● By J. Chambless

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Hagley Museum and Library will host an immersive experience called “Terrific Trades” on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their skills at 19th-century trades like coopering, masonry, and powder-making.

The event will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the historic powder yards and Workers’ Hill. Families will be challenged to assemble a wooden bucket or roll a barrel through an obstacle course.  They will also observe trained craftsman demonstrating their trades.

“This event will send visitors back in time and give them a sense of how people made their living in the nineteenth century,” says Education Program Manager Jeffrey Durst. “The hands-on activities are designed to be deeper experiences that visitors linger over.”

The event is included in general admission and is free for Hagley members. In addition to the fun-filled activities of “Terrific Trades,” visitors are invited to participate in demonstrations of Hagley’s roll mill, the 1870s-era machine shop powered by an 1890s turbine, and the steam engine. Visitors may also explore the upper property at the original du Pont family home and the E.I. du Pont Garden.

For more information, call 302-658-2400 weekdays or visit

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