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Can you smell the aroma of freshly baked bread?

With four working historic kitchens, there’s always something wonderful for you to cook up!  A variety of historic cooking classes are offered year round or try a one-on-one Kitchen Experience tailor made to your interest. 

Experiences are offered May-October at a date to be determined at the mutual convenience of the participant and instructor. For ages 14 and up.

For more information email education@gcv.org or call (585) 294-8216.

Kitchen Experience

Spend the day beside one of our knowledgeable culinary interpreters learning about 19th-century ingredients and equipment, methods of cooking and preserving, receipts (recipes) and much more. A costume is provided to make your 19th-century cooking experience complete.

Fee: $110 General Admission/$99 GCV&M Member

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Springerles Class

Saturday April 7, 9:00am-12:00pm
Saturday October 20, 9:00am-12:00pm

Explore the mystery of making springerles – those beautifully embossed cookies – with Pam Friedler. Learn the technique of making a crisply stamped design that lasts through the baking process, then hand paint your cookies with natural colors. Take home a batch of assorted stamped cookies and your own springerle mold. Participants should bring baking sheets and an apron. Limited to 12 participants ages 14-adult.

Fee: $65 General Admission/$58 GCV&M Member
Location: Meeting Center

Purchase tickets for April 7 class here

Purchase tickets for October 20 class here

Baking With Kids

Two dates available: Tuesday, February 20 & 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
February 20 sold out, tickets still available for February 22

Bring that special little baker in your life and join instructor Peggy Roll to mix up some tasty treats. Participants will make Chelsea Buns, called cinnamon buns today, and graham crackers using 19th-century techniques. A light lunch will be provided for the class to enjoy. Space limited. Ages 8-adult.

Fee for group of 1 child & 1 adult: $112 General Admission/$100 GCV&M Member
Location: Livingston-Backus House

Purchase tickets for Feb 22

Making Cheese

Monday, April 30, 9am-4 pm

Join the Jones Farm cook to learn 19th-century cheese-making techniques and the importance of the farm dairy during this time in American history. Prepare a hearty noon meal and take home a share of the finished cheese. Ages 16 to adult.


Fee: $90 General Admission/$81 GCV&M Member
Location: Jones Farm

Purchase tickets here