Cheese and Apple Tasting at the Old Stone House Museum
Tastesof farmstead cheeses and heirloom apples, as well as other locally produced food, can be savored, along with spectacular views of peak fall foliage at the Old Stone House Museum’s Cheese and Apple Tasting on Sunday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
the corner of the Hinman Settler Rd. and Old Stone House Rd., the Samuel Read Hall House and surrounding lawn will feature displays by local food producers, cider pressing, an heirloom vegetable exhibit, and an apple pie contest. Visitors will be able to taste and purchase farmstead cheeses, ice cider, bread baked in a wood fired oven, local beer and spirits, maple products, condiments, and more. Lunch of hearty soup and homemade bread will be available in the Hall House parlor, served by the Brownington Ladies Aid. There will be an apple pie contest at 1 p.m., and afterwards kids can try chomping on an apple hanging from a string, or bobbing for an apple floating in a tub.
Karp will have over 20 varieties of heirloom apples sliced on plates for tasting and comparing, as well as some of his own apples and cider for sale. If anyone has an apple tree they can’t identify, this would be a good opportunity to bring in some fruit and compare appearance and flavor with known varieties.
is $8 for adults. Children 9 and under are free, as well as adults over 90, and people bringing in an heirloom vegetable to exhibit or an apple pie to compete in the contest. Included in the admission price is a self-guided tour of the first floor of the Old Stone House Museum as well as the two barns with exhibits of antique agricultural equipment, sleighs, car- riages, boats, and sugaring and logging equipment. Visitors can look in on the rug braiding class in the Education Building, just one of the many classes in traditional arts that the museum offers throughout the year.
bringing an heirloom vegetable to exhibit or an apple pie for the contest must have it there by noon. Vegetables should be labeled with the variety of seed and anything known of the culture and history. Apple pies should list ingredients and recipe, as well as the variety of apples if known. Experienced apple pie connoisseurs will be on hand to judge the entries.
3 p.m., across the road in the Brownington Congregational Church, Larry Hundersmark, Pace University Religion Professor, will give a talk on “The Mind of Alexander Twilight,” based on the collection of sermons that Twilight wrote which were discovered just a few years ago in Minnesota and sent to the museum. Alexander Twilight, who built the Old Stone House, was headmaster of the Orleans County Grammar School, preached in the Brownington Congregational Church from 1829 into the 1840's.
drive up to the museum on Frog Pond Road from the Village of Orleans is one of the prettiest maple lanes in the Northeast Kingdom. The annual Cheese and Apple Tasting is a great time to visit the historic neighborhood of the Old Stone House Museum, and enjoy the views and tastes of the Kingdom.