Phoenix Mill House open house explores Thanksgiving in the 1830s

  •  Preparing pie in the Phoenix Mill House. COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 11/17/2022 9:00:20 AM

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s Phoenix Mill House is the setting for an open house program featuring the sights, smells and tastes of a historic Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Costumed interpreters will be cooking traditional dishes over the open fire and sharing the ways the Samuel and Nancy Prescott family would have celebrated. Thanksgiving was the most-important holiday in 1830s New England, and the Prescott family would have celebrated with a large meal of savory and sweet dishes. At this open house, guests will receive samples of these traditional recipes prepared using period cooking equipment. The day’s menu includes apple and gourd soup, roasted chicken, pork and apple pie, turnip sauce, applesauce, cranberry pie and Marlboro pudding.

Samuel and Nancy Prescott lived with their four children in the Phoenix Mill House when Samuel was an overseer at the mill in the 1830s. The house is located directly behind the Monadnock Center’s main building at 19 Grove St. in downtown Peterborough.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

For information about Monadnock Center for History and Culture programs, visit or call 603-924-3235.


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