GUILFORD — A colonial-era hearth dinner will be prepared, while guests mingle and enjoy appetizers of cheese and dried fruit, in the Hyland House this weekend.
“Picture yourself walking into the hall of the very same home where Ebenezer Parmelee, famous for creating one of the first of New England’s town clocks in 1727 for the Congregational Meeting House, would have eaten with his family,” says Hyland House President Bob Donahue.
The Hyland House Hearth Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at 84 Boston St., Guilford. The cost is $75 per person.
The menu includes an appetizer of assorted local Connecticut cheeses and dried fruits served with Port or Madeira, a salad course of dressed greens and early autumn root vegetables accompanied by hearth-baked beer bread and butter and a main entree of hearth-roasted pork loin smothered with a chutney of apples, oranges, onion and horseradish with a side of lettuce peas drenched in a heavy cream and ham concoction.
Dessert will be a fruit compote of assorted sherry- and sugar- macerated berries over flaky biscuits. Paired with the food will be red wine, white wine and cider.
“We do everything right there, just the way they would have done it,” Donahue says. “You sit in the hall, which is the main part of the house where they would have eaten and cooked at the time, around 1750s, and you really get to experience what it would have been like to have sat in front of an old fireplace and have a meal.”
The Hyland House, built in 1713, is a classic saltbox and one of the earliest house museums in New England. The house opened as a non-profit museum in 1918.
“We invite you to join us for this experience to sit at the table enjoying the historic ambiance and transition yourself back to a time when simplicity and sharing conversation and repast was the highlight of your day,” says Donohue.
Money raised during this evening event will go towards upkeep of the historic structure.
“It’s such an original and such a great property that has survived for so many years and after the restoration that they did in 1918 essentially it’s pretty original to what it would have been like around the 1750, so it’s a really neat landmark because of that,” he adds.
While Donahue appreciates and applauds all the visitors who explore the Hyland House, he hopes to immerse visitors in the history of the house by inviting them to partake in this evening of food and comradery.
“If we create a different experience, something different that the house can offer, using it’s 1700s fireplace to make a five-course meal in, then that’s a totally different experience than just coming and learning about the history of the house and walking around,” he says.
“You get to actually physically be in the house, be part of the house, understand it and have a meal in the house that’s cooked the way they would have done it at that time,” he adds. “So, it’s different. It’s really a unique experience.”