Saturday, September 25, 2010

Harriton House Plantation Fair


Today, fueled by Noor's desire to learn to forge metals, we went to the historic Harriton House's Plantation Fair where Kayla and Chris were demonstrating 18th. century blacksmithing.  Harriton House, built in 1704 in Bryn Mawr, PA was a tabacco plantation (with slaves) until it became the home of Charles Thomson, who was the first and only Secretary to the Continental Congresses. He was also a prominent abolitionist, who paid all of his farm workers a fair wage.

We watched, enthralled and sweaty, as Kayla hammered out a nail.

Next, we stopped at the falconry tent where we met Penelope the Eurasian or Eagle owl and her companions, two Peregrine (arctic) falcons and a red-tailed falcon.  One of the most interesting things, besides just being that physically close to these amazing birds, was watching them pant, like a dog.  Birds don't have sweat glands, either, so they pant to cool down.

The falconer invited us to her rookery, sometime in the next few months, to watch the birds hunt!

Noor sat for a bit and sketched theses studies of the arctic falcon:

This isn't the actual bird we saw, those photos didn't come out, but here is an arctic falcon like the one we saw:

1 comment:

  1. Grew up down the street from the Harriton House and I'm currently writing a paper on it's impact on the architectural styles of the area. You're blog helped immensely! Thanks.