On July 7 from noon to 5pm (rain date July 8), Hopkins Vineyard, a National Bicentennial Farm located at 25 Hopkins Rd in New Preston, Connecticut, will be celebrating 225 years of ownership by the same family.
The Hopkins family has organized the Heritage Festival and is inviting the general public to come and experience this colonial-themed event for free. The heritage festival will be replete with music and costumes representing the year 1787.
In 1787, Elijah Hopkins, returning from the Revolutionary War, chose this rich and fertile site on Lake Waramaug to settle his family and start the Hopkins Farm. The farm has witnessed many diversified forms of agriculture over the years, including the raising of sheep, racehorses, grain crops, tobacco, and in the more recent past, dairy farming.
In 1979, Bill Hopkins planted the first grape vines and converted his 19th century barn into a state-of-the-art winery overlooking the serene waters of beautiful Lake Waramaug. The rest is award-winning winemaking history.
Now in business for over 30 years, this premier Connecticut vineyard is celebrating its heritage in style. The day’s events will include: Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard parade at noon followed by a proclamation of the anniversary, which will honor American patriot Elijah Hopkins.
Adding ambience to the festival, 18th century music will be performed by Hanford & Finlay. The duo will play tavern songs in addition to performing a family program called “In the Good Old Colony Days”.
The Heritage Festival will feature quilting, spinning and weaving, candle making, rope making, blacksmithing, kettle corn and open fire cooking displays. The festival will have plenty of fun children’s activities and games provided by the Charles Merriman Society. The Daughters of the American Revolution will be on hand to help with genealogy research and an interesting selection of colonial era arts and crafts will be for sale. Refreshments, baked goods and food catered by the Hopkins Inn will also be available.
For more information on the Heritage Festival at Hopkins Vineyard, visit hopkinsinn.com.