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At Ogden House, 21st century Fairfield kids travel back to 18th century

Published 6:41 am, Friday, August 22, 2014

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  • Fairfield Museum Program and Volunteer Coordinator Walt Mathis leads children on a tour of the "keeping room", or kitchen, during Colonial Life Camp at the 1750 Ogden House, at 1520 Bronson Road in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
    Fairfield Museum Program and Volunteer Coordinator Walt Mathis leads children on a tour of the "keeping room", or kitchen, during Colonial Life Camp at the 1750 Ogden House, at 1520 Bronson Road in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Photo: Brian A. Pounds

 

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No cellphones. No Xbox. No tablets or laptops, either.

Youngsters were transported back to electronics-free 18th century Fairfield at a history camp this week at the Ogden House on Bronson Road.

In the program, sponsored by the Fairfield Museum and History Center, participants learned about crafting candles, writing with feather pen and ink, and making butter and ice cream.

The historic farmhouse, which dates to 1750, proved a surprisingly effective time-traveling machine for its 21st-century passengers.