Orange Historical Museum hosting special Open Hearth cooking presentation

Enjoy the second part of the Museum’s Open Hearth Cooking series by virtually joining trained historical interpreter Linda Ostrand for a cooking demonstration in her home, the “Berry Brick House”. This program will be livestreamed by the Orange County Historical Museum on January 21st, 2021, at 7 PM.  Ostrand originally trained in open hearth cooking at Pennsbury Manor, the colonial estate of William Penn, founder and proprietor of the Colony of Pennsylvania. 

Enjoy the second part of the Museum’s Open Hearth Cooking series by virtually joining trained historical interpreter Linda Ostrand for a cooking demonstration in her home, the “Berry Brick House”. This program will be livestreamed by the Orange County Historical Museum on January 21st, 2021, at 7 PM.   

Ostrand originally trained in open hearth cooking at Pennsbury Manor, the colonial estate of William Penn, founder and proprietor of the Colony of Pennsylvania.  She noted the importance of historical accuracy in her courses saying, “We weren’t allowed to enter the grounds unless we were dressed in appropriate period attire.  All of the ingredients, pots, pans, and utensils we used were only what was available at that time”. During this presentation, Ostrand will share cooking tools and techniques from the early 1800’s, setting her presentation in the days of Thomas Jefferson, and featuring a Monticello-inspired recipe.

The Berry Brick House was built around 1805 for Mrs. Rhody Berry, the mother of brickmason John Berry, who built many buildings in Hillsborough including the Orange County Courthouse, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Eagle Lodge. The traditional belief has been that John Berry built the house; but as Berry was only seven years old in 1805, the likely actual builder was neighbor Samuel Hancock, a master brickmason who later became Berry's partner. Current owners Linda and Ken Ostrand purchased the house in 2017 and added a kitchen wing, specifically designed with a hearth and other colonial features.

While the live program will provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions, people who cannot attend that evening can still receive the post-event link to enjoy the recorded program. There will be a $10 cost to attend this program.  

For more information, to register for open hearth cooking, or to make a reservation to visit the museum, go to the museum’s website at www.orangehistorync.org or call 919-732-2201.