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Clapp Family Farm Open House
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Dorchester Historical Society Open Barn from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Pictures taken by Rick Detwiller from the cider pressing put on by EarthWorks at the Clapp Family Farm Day open house. Rick also gave an illustrated talk on New England Barns.


Dorchester Historical Society ? Clapp Family Farm
195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Visit the Clapp Family Farm on November 15, 2009 ? Open House 2 to 5 pm

Program begins at 2 pm; exhibits and demonstrations following.

The Lemuel Clap House (1765) and the William Clapp House (1806) are house museums showing the domestic side of nineteenth-century life, while the carriage house and barn will present exhibits relating to the agricultural side.

The New England Barn and Its Restoration.

Rick Detwiller, architect and President of the Georgetown Historical Society, will present an illustrated lecture on New England barns and how the Clapp Family barn fits into the tradition of barn-building beginning at 2 pm.

The Clapp family is famous for hybridizing many varieties of pears including the Clap?s Favorite, but the family farm has much more to offer as a full working farm from over one hundred years ago.

Following the lecture, EarthWorks will demonstrate apple pressing for the making of cider, and the buildings will be open for exploration. The early nineteenth-century basement kitchen of the William Clapp House is filled with objects relating to cooking and laundry. The Lemuel Clap House has artifacts used in the linen-making process and examples of needlework from the first half of the nineteenth century. Along with its animal stalls, the barn is filled with agricultural tools, carpenter?s tools and more including plows, buggy, sleigh, enormous sled, harrows, clamps, hay forks, iron and wooden shovels to point out just a few.

Come help us celebrate the first-ever viewing of the barn interior.

Questions? Contact Earl Taylor at 781 272-6700 or by e-mail at

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Created: October 20, 2009   Modified: December 16, 2009