Blacksmithing Class 103b: Roasting Fork and Stand

Hand-forge a functional roasting fork and stand


​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions: participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.   

 

Maximum capacity: 5 per class - Face masks required- Participants 16yrs+


Saturday, June 26, 2021 

10am- 5pm


$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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NEW

Blacksmithing Class 103a: Steak Turner 

Hand forge a functional steak turner for use over a campfire or grill.


Experience required Some experience helpful, but not necessary.

Difficulty Level Easy to moderate

Conditions participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.

 

Maximum capacity: 5 - Face masks required. - Participants 16yrs+ - Must wear closed toed shoes


Saturday, May 29, 2021 

10am-5pm

$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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SERIES

SERIES

NEW

SERIES

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Intro to Blacksmithing: Hooks

Participants will work with Smithfield's master blacksmiths participants will learn the basics of blacksmithing and even produce items that illustrate the the skills they've learned.  In this class, and will learn how to forge and shape metal hooks good for utility or even unique interior decor. 


Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.

 

Maximum capacity: 5 - Face masks required. - Participants 16yrs+ - Must wear closed toed shoes


Saturday, March 13, 2021 

10am-4pm

$100 for Blacksburg residents, $105 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Part of a Campfire Set

Smithfield Summer Camp

Campers will learn about life in Colonial America with interactive, hands-on activities.  Campers will discover blacksmithing, archaeology, hearth cooking, and local history.


​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions activities will primarily be held outdoors. Campers should dress for the weather. 

 

Maximum capacity: 20- Face masks required. Participants ages 8-10yrs.


Monday, July 26- Friday, July 30, 2021

9am-12pm

      


$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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NEW


HANDS ON

Blacksmithing Class 102b: Flint Striker

Hand forge an 18th century striker for use with flint or quartz for starting campfires. Learn techniques for drawing out steel, shaping and hardening metal to produce sparks.


Experience required Some experience helpful, but not necessary.

Difficulty Level Easy to moderate

Conditions participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.

 

Maximum capacity: 5 - Face masks required. - Participants 16yrs+ - Must wear closed toed shoes


Saturday, April 24, 2021 

10am-4pm

$100 for Blacksburg residents, $105 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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HANDS ON

HANDS ON

NEW

Summer Schedule 2021

RETURNING FAVORITE

HANDS ON

NEW

Plein Air Paint Journaling 

Work with local artists Matt Gentry and Gerri Young to learn how to journal with tour choice of medium in the plein air style.  Class takes place over two days.


Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions participants will meet in Smithfield's unheated pavilion and then paint at various outdoor locations.  

 

Maximum capacity: 10- Face masks required- for ages 15+


Saturday, May 8, 2021 (Part One: Learn and Practice)

9am- 3pm


Sunday, May 9, 2021 (Part Two: Follow up with instructors, additional technique instruction, more painting)
9am-3pm

$15 for all participants.

To register, email Kenna Jewell at KJewell@HistoricSmithfield.org by Thursday, May 6, 2021

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BLACK

HISTORY

CAMP

BLACK

HISTORY

RETURNING FAVORITE

HANDS ON

Part of a Campfire Set

COMPLETED

Capacities are subject to change with Virginia and regional COVID guidelines.

NEW

COMPLETED

INDIGENOUS HISTORY

Classes and Lectures at Smithfield

Capacities are subject to change with Virginia and regional COVID guidelines.

RETURNING FAVORITE

Lecture: Smithfield before Settlement, Precolonial Life in the NRV

Join archaeologist, Tim Klatka, and VT historian, Jessica Taylor, for a lecture discussing Native American food, farming, trade, travel, and settlement in the NRV.  

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Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will meet in Smithfield's unheated pavilion. 

 

Maximum capacity: 25- Face masks required


Thursday, June 17, 2021

5-7pm

     

$20 for Blacksburg residents, $30 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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NEW

HANDS ON

COMPLETED

COMPLETED

HANDS ON

COMPLETED

HANDS ON

HANDS ON

Part of a Campfire Set

Part of a Campfire Set

Blacksmithing Class 102a: Pillar Candle Holder

Participants will craft a holder to support a pillar candle. Learn to draw out a point, form stock into a base and form a handle.​


Experience required Some experience helpful, but not necessary.

Difficulty Level Easy to moderate

Conditions participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.

 

Maximum capacity: 5 - Face masks required. - Participants 16yrs+ - Must wear closed toed shoes


Saturday, April 17, 2021 

10am-4pm

$100 for Blacksburg residents, $105 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Continuing the Conversation: How we Remember Racism and Slavery Impacts our World Today

A panel from the Smithfield-Preston Foundation will recap and continue their conversation from September 2020 on Commemoration and Denial: How Slavery and Racism Shape Our World Today. This thought-provoking topic warrants exploration in many contexts. Historic Smithfield is deeply engaged in this work and brings together expertise to research and interpret local history and connect it to our current world. This presentation will also provide time to engage with panelists and address your questions. 


Panelists include: Dr. Kerri Moseley Hobbs (SP-F Board of Directors and Department of Education), Dr. Daniel Thorp (SP-F Board of Directors and VT), Dr. Ellington Graves (VT), and Mr. Ryan Spencer (Executive Director).


Friday, March 12, 2021 

1:30-3pm

Webinar Offered by Virginia Tech's Lifelong Learning Institute 

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Lecture and Walking Tour: Smithfield's early history

Discover the topography and history of the Blacksburg area, circa 1770.  This walking tour led by Hugh Campbell explains the topographical features important to early Southwest Virginia settlers.  Class fee includes a copy of Hugh's book, The Blacksburg Drama.


​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will meet in Smithfield's unheated pavilion and then go on a walking tour over uneven terrain.  

 

Maximum capacity: 15 per class - Face masks required. 


Saturday, July 17, 2021

5-7pm

      or

Saturday, August 7, 2021

5-7pm


$35 for Blacksburg residents, $45 for non-residents Class fee includes a copy of Hugh's book, ​The Blacksburg Drama.

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Spring Schedule 2021

NEW

There are many styles of learning. Whatever style you prefer, Smithfield has something for you, from hands-on workshops, to walking tours, lectures and town halls.  Our offerings are updated regularly, so be sure to check with us often!

Intro to Blacksmithing: Fire Pokers

Participants will work with Smithfield's master blacksmiths participants will learn the basics of blacksmithing and even produce items that illustrate the the skills they've learned.  In this class, and will learn how to forge useful fire pokers.


Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.

 

Maximum capacity: 5 - Face masks required. - Participants 16yrs+ - Must wear closed toed shoes


Saturday, March 27, 2021 

10am-4pm

$100 for Blacksburg residents, $105 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Plein Air Paint Journaling

Work with local artists Matt Gentry and Gerri Young to learn how to journal with tour choice of medium in the plein air style.  Class takes place over two days.


​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions participants will meet in Smithfield's unheated pavilion and then will paint at various outdoor locations.  

 Maximum capacity: 10 - Face masks required- Participants 15yrs+


Saturday, June 5, 2021 (Part One: Learn and Practice)

9am- 3pm


Sunday, June 6, 2021 (Part Two: Follow up with instructors, additional technique instruction, more painting)
9am-3pm

$15 for Blacksburg residents, $20 for non-residents 

Registration through Blacksburg Parks and Recreation beginning May 2021 use keyword search Smithfield

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Intro to Appalachian Basket Weaving

Participants will learn to weave an old Appalachian style ribbed basket. Class led by Kathy Dulaney from Floyd, VA, a weaver of Old Appalachian style baskets for over 35 years.  Participants will begin their baskets on April 10, and have the option to continue their work with guided instruction on April 11.


Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will work in Smithfield's unheated pavilion.

 

Maximum capacity: 6 - Face masks required. 


Saturday, April 10, 2021 (Part One: Start Basket)

1-4pm


Sunday, April 11, 2021 (Optional Part Two: Complete Basket)

1-4pm


$75for Blacksburg residents, $80 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Lecture and Walking Tour: History of the Smithfield Enslaved Community.

Join Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs and Dr. Daniel Thorp for a physical walking tour that presents narrative stories in the voices of African Americans enslaved at Smithfield and the facts of the economic business of slavery on site.


Maximum capacity: 25 per section -Facemasks required. -Participants 12yrs+


Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

Conditions participants will meet in Smithfield's unheated pavilion and then go on a walking tour over uneven terrain.  

 

Maximum capacity: 25 per class - Face masks required. 


Saturday, April 10, 2021

1-2:30pm

      or

3-4:30pm


$15 for Blacksburg residents, $20 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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