History comes alive at Cobblestones with our traditional country fair. Cobblestones Museum and Early Settlers’ Village celebrates the history of the Wairarapa and we are honouring our Victorian heritage with an old-fashioned Country Fair.
There will be lambs to meet, calves to cuddle, pony rides for under-sixes as well as lots of old-fashioned crafts to try out, including make your own peg doll. You are able to have a go at some old-fashioned games and even try milking our model of a cow. We’ll be serving traditional Devonshire Teas, scones, coffee, and BBQ sausages (plus loads of other food).
In the best tradition of Country Fairs there’ll be a White Elephant stall and a Steptoe & Sons stall - someone else’s trash might be your treasure! There’ll be a Plant and Produce stall and loads of bargains so please bring some cash.
We are encouraging visitors to dress-up Victorian style – you’ll see quite of few of our volunteers already in Victorian pioneer costume and there’s a competition for the best dressed.
We’ve even got Glass Photographic Alchemy coming along with their wet-plate photography. You can have your very own handmade tintype portrait, made by combining the magic of silver and light and a dash of chemistry, as in the Victorian era. Tintypes are created in an authentic bellows camera, processed under red light in a dark room, then washed, dried and varnished. The metal plate is yours to take home a short while later. With care, your priceless heirloom photograph will last for decades without fading or changing colour. A super-special offer of only $15 for a 4x5in tintype heirloom, (normally $40) with Brian and Jane donating $10 from every sitting to Cobblestones Trust. (Please note not advised for children under 7 as the ‘sitting’ time is often for several seconds.)
Our local singer/songwriter, Meg Hunter, will be providing some live music too.
Entry for this special day is by donation and all the funds raised will be going towards restoring and conserving our unrivalled collection of heritage farm machinery.
You can get to Cobblestones in Greytown by walking 10 mins from the Town Hall or grab a ride in the vintage Fire Engine for a small donation.
We’ve got a big summer project to research and restore a lot of our machinery so if you’ve got an interest in old machinery to come along and talk to our team on the day.