Dyeing Eggs with Natural Materials


People all over the world have decorated eggs for thousands of years. Eggs from chickens, ducks, geese, and even ostriches have been dyed, scratched, painted, and waxed to create beautiful objects for display and celebration. 


In April, friends and families joined us to continue the tradition of dying eggs through hands-on exploration at tables positioned around the cabin. They learned about natural dyeing with materials like onion skins, red cabbage, beets, coffee, and turmeric and an age-old decorative technique of scratching. 


To top off this fun-filled day, local musician and storyteller Sam Maren shared Appalachian stories and songs on the porch.


This event was a community-focused partnership with Penland School of Craft. 

Scary Saturdays are coming this fall.
Join us September 24, October 1, 8, 15, and 22  — 2022

Join us on Saturday evenings in October, to time-traveled through a mini-corn-maze, search for Delia (the hidden sharecropper shack ghost) hear a scary story or two, and make a family photo in the scarecrow "Scratchy Family" photo booth. You might even meet a few mischievous scarecrows or two along the way. Visitors will experience travel as it was in the 1850's with a wagon ride pulled by Claude and Chubby, the last working farm horse team in Yancey County.


Watch this space for more updates. 

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