Colonial History Lives At Old Wye May Fair

Young and old alike can step back into Maryland’s Colonial past from 10 until 3 on Saturday, May 5 at the Colonial May Fair on the beautiful grounds of Old Wye Church in historic Wye Mills.

At last year’s May Fair, visitors enjoyed the chance to experience what life was like almost 300 years ago on the Eastern Shore. This year, the Colonial May Fair has expanded, providing many more opportunities for you and your family to experience living history. There will be blacksmithing, furniture making, beekeeping, spinning, basket weaving, candle making and other demonstrations.

Take a Clydesdale horse drawn wagon through Wye Mills to the 1682 Grist Mill, and see it in operation. Enjoy choral music and a docent-led tour in the historic 1721 Old Wye Church. Colonial games, crafts, and costumes, along with May Pole dancing will interest and delight children. A fife and drum corps will provide the appropriate musical setting for the day.

Just as in Colonial times, animals will be everywhere. Besides the handsome team of Clydesdales, there will be farm animals for petting and feeding, plus there will be a pony for small children to ride. The Maryland Park Service will bring a selection of native wild animals. Rev. Charlie Osberger, the rector of Wye Parish, will bless the animals, including yours if you bring him or her.

Local crafts will be available, such as handmade quilts and lavender products made in Queen Anne’s County from lavender grown in the County. A tent will be filled with flower and vegetable plants ready to plant in your garden. Children will have the opportunity to make a special Mother’s Day gift. At the Silent Auction Market, you can bid on – and win – a wide variety of items for gifts or your own use. And, of course, there will be lots of food to enjoy for lunch on the grounds or in the Parish Hall — or to take home for an easy dinner after your day of Colonial experiences.

Old Wye Church is at 14114 Old Wye Mills Rd. (Rt. 662) in Wye Mills. The proceeds from the Colonial May Fair benefit the outreach programs of Wye Parish. There is no charge for admission to the Fair.

In photo: Jeff Dunkelberger, who regularly demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean Virginia, will be sharing his craft at the Colonial May Fair on May 5. Other demonstrations include candle-making, beekeeping, basket making, furniture making, spinning and clothing-making.