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The Thanksgiving Meal Part 3 by Leah Wilderrotter

As we are getting close to the big day, food prep is in full swing for the meal. In this week’s post, we are going to be discussing the turkey. If you have not been following my journey on the Thanksgiving meal mini-series, check out week 1 and week 2. The two posts cover the side dishes and the dessert.  On most Thanksgiving tables there will be a turkey on the table but did the first Thanksgiving have a turkey?  Let’s find out.

Turkey

A big misconception about the first Thanksgiving is that turkey was the only meat that was served at the meal. This is not the case at all. From what historians have learned about the first Thanksgiving, that meal itself was more protein based compared to modern day which tends to be more carb focused.  The Pilgrims would have also eaten venison, duck, goose, and swan which is interesting because in today’s society we consider those foods to be a luxury.  The way that the Pilgrims would season the food was also a little different than we would today.  The pilgrims would use onions and nuts as seasoning.  The most common way that the bird was cooked was on a spit or boiled.  Besides the wild birds and venison, there may have also been seafood on the table.

I feel stuffed and hungry after learning all of this new information about the holiday. From today’s post, something I did not know is that the meal was more protein based than carb based. I thought that they had wheat when they came over to America.  Thank you for joining me on this mini adventure and I hope you learned something new.  Remember to say thank you to those you are thankful for. On behalf of everyone here at Allaire Village, Happy Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving Meal Part 2 by Leah Wilderrotter

Today we are going to be continuing on the journey of the Thanksgiving meal. Last week’s post we went over a brief history of Thanksgiving and how potatoes were used at the first Thanksgiving. This post will be about the vegetables and pumpkin pie. Vegetables One of the reasons why the pilgrims were celebrating Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving Meal by Leah Wilderotter

To kick off this holiday season, we start off by saying what we are thankful for and spending time with friends and family. Here at Allaire Village we celebrate our Day of Thanks by thanking our volunteers for their support of the village and for keeping Allaire’s history alive! We end this event day by

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Insights from Intern Jamie

My name is Jamie Morris and I have had the privilege of interning at the Historic Village of Allaire this past summer. As a rising junior year at Washington College, I have been interested in volunteering at the village ever since I was a child visiting with my parents. Over countless trips to the village,

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Insights From Intern Julia

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Insights from Intern Tom

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Archivist Ash: National Blueberry Month History

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What is That?

When in the Visitor’s Center at Allaire State Park, you may notice in the Row House exhibit’s downstairs kitchen what looks something like a set of circular pliers with a spring geared handle sitting on the table. What you see is a pair of sugar nippers, which were a common household tool until roughly the

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