Fourth Annual Colonial Spring Frolic at The Old Stone House

  • Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Museum board member Dick Huffman prepares to make Johnny cakes over an open fire.
Museum board member Dick Huffman prepares to make Johnny cakes over an open fire.

The Rowan Museum will sponsor its fourth Annual Colonial Spring Frolic on Saturday, April 6 in celebration of spring and the re-opening of the 1766 Old Stone House for the season.

Included in the festivities are tours of the only surviving colonial house in Rowan County with guides in period costumes. Historical interpreters will offer crafts, including dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes and guests may participate. Muskets will be fired , along with woodworking, weaving, spinning, candle making, open fire cooking and tastings, children’s games, colonial dancers and music, and much more. There will be animals, and there will certainly be treks to the creek and to the family cemetery down through the woods on the property.

Executive Director Kaye Hirst explains, “It’s a great way to herald spring in a simpler fashion as our ancestors did many years ago. They picked violets and used them to create a beautiful blue dye. Onion skins made a yellow dye…all for coloring eggs.

“They cleaned out the root cellar — we will make a soup they made many years ago: ‘Scrag End Soup,’ the leftover end of a hambone from the smoke house, beans that were dried and not used over the winter, potatoes and carrots from the root cellar (probably a little shriveled), and dandelion greens from the yard and fields, and maybe some greens in the garden. All cooked over an open fire — it’s delicious!

“And we will dance in the fresh green grass, and the kids will frolic in the yard and through the trails. We will celebrate spring!”

The Old Stone House is located only one half mile down Old Stone House Road off Highway 52 in Granite Quarry.

Activities are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for students. For more information call the Museum at 704-633-5946 or email

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