Colony House Colonial Career Fair

It was like stepping into the past when I entered the Colony House on Saturday morning for an assignment from the Newport Daily News. Two little girls played on the floor with colonial toys, as tradespeople set up their stores. Dress makers, wig merchant, baker, tavern keeper and other occupations that would have been present in the seaport at the time were on display. The Newport Historical Society continues its legacy of living history with interpreters and events like this fair.

The Colony House was transformed by The Newport Historical Society into a Colonial Career Fair to demonstrate how people made a living in colonial times.
Victoria Brenckle dresses her daughter Georgiana in period clothing as they prepare for the Colonial Career Fair .
Woodworker Andrew Teixeira carves a ball and claw leg at the Colonial Career fair at the Colony House.
Woodworker Andrew Teixeira shows a ball and claw leg to Evan Lund, age 10 and his grandmother Mary Ellen Hallam at the Colonial Career fair at the Colony House.

Aubrey Willard age 7, and Ella Zembo age 9, dressed in colonial times play with period toys at The Colonial Career Fair held at the Colony House.
Estelle Barada speaks to Isable Egan who was there with her aunt Liz and uncle Doug Booth, about colonial baking receipes .
Ruth Hodges shows Georgiana Brenckle a toy from a colonial times toy shop as Audrey Willard and Ella Zembo look on.
Victoria Brenckle, Carrie Midura and Johanna Tower interpreted a dressmaking shop at the Colonial Career Fair.
Ruth Hodges shows Georgiana Brenckle a book from a colonial times toy shop.
Audrey Stuck-Girard watches Laura Asson play the violin as they portray Boarding House proprietors at the Colonial Career fair.
Kristel Henry interpreted a laundress at the Colonial Career Fair.
A fun moment in learning how to carry water for the laundry during colonial times.