A Recipe For Open Air Museum À La Williamsburg

This is a very popular dish and will work for any period before 1900. Although it has many local variations, since 1926 it has been remarkably the same.

Prep time: Never ending

Bake: Only half

You may choose to use any or all of the following ingredients (please make sure you use the oldey-timey flavored of each)

1 Schoolhouse
1 Non-denominational church (with or without cemetery)
1 Farmhouse (any style) & barn, replete with horses, cows, chickens, etc.
1 Log cabin (with rustic furniture)
1 Mansion House
1 General Store (doubles as modern retail outlet)
1 Grist or saw mill (functional or not)
1 Tavern (for political discussion only)
1 Blacksmith shop
1 Doctor’s office
 

Sprinkle the mixture liberally with the following according to taste or financial constraint:

1 Set of stocks
Horse & buggy rides
Spinning wheels & looms
Butter churns
Candle-making equipment
Quill pens
Field for playing graces and rolling hoops
Guides dressed in look of target period
1 Militia unit (must have operable firearms and a drum)
 
Although you should make sure to cast everything as either a male or female role or space, remember to strain out any taste of sexism or racism. This recipe is best without such distracting details.

Toss the ingredients together and serve.

At first taste this is a very spicy dish, but it will go bland upon repeated servings.

According to consultants this will serve 300,000 to 500,000 visitors annually, though results may vary.

 
 
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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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