Handsell opens the doors to its historic house every Saturday during the summer, June 18 through late August. Stop by for tours between 11am and 3pm. Located on Indiantown Road near Vienna, Handsell is a National Register Historic Site that honors the three cultures that make up its history: Native Americans, European settlers, and African Americans. You can also go inside the Native American longhouse, built from traditional materials, take the audio tour (by calling 410-858-4173), walk the nature trail, and more. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
Special events during Summer Saturdays include:
- June 18: A special program features craftswoman Gina Gerhard, a master spinner. She will be demonstrating on an antique wool wheel recently donated to Handsell. She will discuss all aspects of colonial weaving, both flax and wool. No admission charge, but donations appreciated.
- June 25: Handsell invites artists to come out for a day of plein air painting at Handsell with extended hours 10am-5pm. All levels of painters invited. Bring your bag lunch. Water provided.
- July 9: Harriet Goes to Handsell – featuring the music of Native, African Americans, and Colonial settlers from 12 to 2pm. Listen to Ashley Watkins on flute, David Cole on banjo and Greg Holloway on percussion instruments as they explore spirituals, code songs, as well as indigenous and colonial-inspired music. Handsell House, which dates to the 1700s, will be open for tours, along with Chicone Longhouse, a replica Native American longhouse built with traditional materials and techniques. Sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Organization and the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance.
- July 16: Children’s Fun and Games Picnic with Native and colonial inspired games. BYO picnic lunch and experience living at Chicone Village. Drinks and desserts provided.
- July 23: Foraging for Herbs and Medicines Walk and Talk. Walk at 11am. Voices of Indiantown documentary film showing every half hour.
- July 30: Colonial Wood Turning Demonstration by For Woodness Sake, Rick Schumann. Voices of Indiantown showing every half hour,
- Aug. 6: Foraging for Herbs and Medicine Walk and Talk. Walk at 11am. Herbal uses in the Kitchen.
- Aug. 13: Voices of Indiantown documentary showing every half hour.
- Aug. 20: Discussion of the Enslaved Community at Handsell. 19th century refreshments served in Handsell Kitchen. Reading of the Names, recognizing the enslaved, at 12pm, followed by discussion.
Learn more at restorehandsell.org.
Address: 4837 Indiantown Rd., Vienna, MD 21869