Goschenhoppen Folk Festival Is a Passport to 18th- and 19th-Century Perkiomenville

A cooking demonstration at Goschenhoppen Folk Festival.
Image via The Goschenhoppen Historians.
A cooking demonstration at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival.

This past weekend, visitors were able to take a trip back in time to celebrate the 18th– and 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch culture, writes Emily Rizzo for WHYY.

Held in rural Perkiomenville every year for the past 55 years, the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival immerses you into the life, food, and culture of the early German settlers.

Jenny Shearer, 37, who co-runs the festival with her father, Al Goldey, has been coming to the festival since she was a baby. She lives in Maryland now, but always comes back for the festivities.

“A lot of it is tied to the very fond memories that I have, and making that available to my kids,” Shearer said.

This past Saturday Shearer and her father welcomed hundreds of visitors and over 500 volunteers from across the country. The volunteers demonstrated woodworking, ropemaking, and cooking techniques of the German settlers.

Read more about Shearer and her family at WHYY.


Learn how to make rope.

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