Virtual Pilgrim Breakfast

Since 1933 the Antiquarian Society has served a hearty New England breakfast at the Harlow Old Fort House, bringing community members and out-of-town visitors together for fishcakes and baked beans each summer. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we missed the good cheer of friends and family gathered in this historic setting.

We invite you to experience a taste of history and tradition by watching our 2020 Virtual Pilgrim Breakfast, which debuted on Sunday, July 5th.  Members and friends of the Antiquarian Society filmed a series of short videos to share some of our favorite elements of this one-of-a-kind and much-loved tradition.

The “menu” includes:

  • Archival footage showing the Antiquarians cooking in the Harlow House (1:29)
  • Introduction to a matchlock musket with New Plimmoth Gard (3:23)
  • Tussie mussie tutorial (6:03)
  • Behind-the-scenes look at baking brown bread with food historian Paula Marcoux (click here for recipe) (11:10)
  • 17th-century sing-along (18:13)
  • Weaving demonstration in the Harlow classroom with volunteer Leslie Lyman (22:45)