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Hear the hammer’s clang on the blacksmith’s anvil. 

Taste delicious Dutch oven cooking. 

Touch cloth woven on an antique loom. 

See how butter is churned.  Smell the campfire. 

Yesterday’s living is a treat for the senses at

The Chestnut Square Prairie Adventure Camps! 

The 2014 Prairie Adventure Camps will be held on the following dates:

Camp 1:  June 10, 11, 12 or July 15, 16, 17
Camp 2: June 17, 18, 19 and July 22 ,23, 24
Camp 3: June 24, 25, 26 and July 29, 10, 31

Camp 4:  July 8, 9, 10 or August 5, 6, 7

Camps are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and are open to children ages 6-12.    Camp size is limited to 15.  Junior Membership to Chestnut Square Historic Village is included with registration.  Our school marms will lead the classes through the following activities:

Camp 1

De-modernizing and class photo
Textile Arts:  Weaving, hand spinning
Old-time games:  Marbles, Jacks, Thaumatropes, Calling Cards
Home Living:  Hearth cooking, butter churning, pie making, soap making

Camp 2

De-modernizing and class photo
Textile Arts:  Quilting
Home Living:  Chicken pot pie, buttons, buttons, button, home-made ice cream
Old-Time Games:  Dominoes, square dancing

Camp 3

De-modernizing and class photo
Textile Arts:  Cross stitch, knitting
Home Living:  Making candles, cornbread, Victorian house cleaning techniques
Old-Time Games:  Rag dolls, dulcimer playing, string games

Camp 4

De-Modernizing and class photo

Textile Arts:  Spool knitting, pillow making

Home Living:  Flowers, Language of the Fan, Making pens and journals

Old-Time Games:  Graces, Lemonade and Parlor Games, Tea and Scones


Cost per camper is $100, $90 for members


Click here for an Enrollment Form.  Please fill out and email to:

Click here to sign up for the camp of your choice!

New in 2014!!

Older Campers (9-13) Make It a Full Day with a

Quaint Crafts Afternoon Camp!

Before there was TV or computers or cell phones people occupied their time with craft activities.   The results were given as gifts or used to decorate their homes.  Experience the fun of old-fashioned crafting with other campers in our new Crafty Campers camps.  Experience a specialty art class instructed by artists from the McKinney community.  At the end of the camp, take your completed project home.  Camps are limited to 15.  Junior Membership to Chestnut Square Historic Village is included with registration.  Camps are 1:00 -4:00 for ages 9-13.   All materials are provided.

Choose from the following camps:

                          Quilting                       June 10, 11, 12

                          Jewelry Making        June 17, 18, 19

                          Painting                      June 24, 25, 26

                          Cooking                      July 6, 9, 10

Cost per camper is $50 if enrolled in morning PAC

$100, $90 for members, if not enrolled in PAC

Special offer to campers who attend both camps: 

Supervised lunch (bring your own) from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

 inside the Bevel House at Chestnut Square!




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