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Thanksgiving, 1863 Style, Offered at Old Bethpage Restoration

Special events planned for next two weekends at Nassau County's 19th century community.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration will celebrate an “1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration” over the next two successive weekends, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced Friday.

This weekend and Nov. 24-25, visitors to the county's re-created mid-19th century community can enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving, as wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens, and hearths are used to prepare foods and baked goods made from authentic 19th century recipes.

The culinary exhibits include the “spitting” and roasting of a turkey in a tin reflector oven beside the Williams House hearth and preparation of pies at the Powell House.

Each afternoon, traditional fiddle music will be played and children’s stories will be read several times each day. The hours for the special Thanksgiving celebration are from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Entrance fees are: $10 for adults, $7 for children (5-12), seniors and volunteer firefighters.

The 200-acre Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway.) Old Bethpage Village will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23.  For more information, please call: (516) 572-8400.

For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum, please call: (516) 572-0200, or visit the website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

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