HARDWICK - A crowd of visitors turned out Saturday for Millbrook Days, a weekend-long event that offers a glimpse into how residents once lived many decades ago.

The festival, jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Millbrook Village Society, allows attendees to take part in various tasks common in the 1800s, such as wheel making, candle making, apple butter making, and woodworking. Demonstrations on activities like blacksmithing and wool dyeing, as well as tours of various village buildings, also took place.

The event will continue today, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bob Brandt, who has volunteered at Millbrook Village for 15 years, was hard at work caning a chair - the art of using strips of cane to weave a seat and back of a wooden chair.

As he wove the cane strips onto the seat of the chair, Brandt joked that he had asked his late uncle, who was in his 90s, to show him how to cane a chair, and his uncle responded: “Get a book!”

Brandt used to work at the Knight Farm in Walpack in the 1950s and some of the beams from the buildings that once stood on the farm have been used to help support the building that is now the woodworking shop at Millbrook Village.

Josh and Sarah Roe, of Blairstown, have come to Millbrook Days the past few years, bringing their children to have some fun and learn a bit about history.

“It’s really a great, family-oriented event,” Sarah Roe said as she watched three of her children, Nellie, 4, Caleb, 5, and Averly, 8, try out the apple cider press.

Inside the Hill House, Dr. Paul Kovalski, who is chief of dental services at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, was showing visitors the collection of tools dentists would use many decades ago. Kovalski has been a Delaware Water Gap National Recreation volunteer for several years, admitting to be a fan of history.

Martin Ridder, owner of Marty’s Clock Clinic, in Washington Township in Warren County, showed visitors various clocks and how they were used in the 1880s. Volunteers outdoors showed visitors how to make rope, garden, sauerkraut and cornhusk dolls.

For more information about Millbrook Village and directions, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/dewa.

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