Adult Hearth Cooking Workshop

Join us in the hearth kitchen at Gunston Hall for the ultimate experience in slow food as you learn to employ 18th-century cooking techniques and recipes to create period dishes. Use your hearth skills to investigate complex recipes while cooking over an open flame, take a tour of the house and meet other food enthusiasts.

The workshop is a one-day session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration includes all materials and lunch. Please plan to wear clothing made from natural fibers, as you will be around open flame. These include cotton, linen, and wool. Stay away from garments containing polyester, nylon, acrylic, or lycra.  All participants must wear closed-toe shoes.


Adult: $125
Member: $100

History in the Kitchen

This three-part series will illuminate what kinds of food were eaten by different people in colonial Virginia.  Discover each week how to prepare a simple recipe.  Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the following groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia.  Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.

Kids and adults alike will have a great time learning about history plus cooking!  This program is designed for families with kids 10-18, but is open to participants of all ages.  All sessions are complimentary.


Registration is required to receive the recipe and zoom link for each program.  You may register until 10:15 a.m. the day of each program.

February 19 – Fried Catfish

March 5 – Apple Fritters

March 12 – Chicken Pudding