DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK, THE MONACAN INDIAN VILLAGE AT NATURAL BRIDGE COOKS UP A FALL HARVEST FEAST DEMONSTRATION. Interpreters in period appropriate dress cook turkey, trout, corn on the cob, corn bread and mixed berries on raised grates over an open fire, in clay and metal pots, on hot stones, to demonstrate how Monacans did it in the 18th century. While watching, learn about hunting, fishing, agriculture, and how thanks was expressed in Monacan culture.
They didn't celebrate Thanksgiving; they had fall feasts while food was plentiful at harvest, before the winter set in. Also in the village work shelters and the ati (cattail covered house) Interpreters will be making tools and baskets and fielding questions about Monacan life. The special activity intersects Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Month.
Save on admission through November 25 when purchasing tickets on-line. The Monacan Village, along the Cedar Creek Trail, is included in The Natural Bridge admission, www.NaturalBridgeOffers.com.
On Thanksgiving Day the Natural Bridge Hotel features a traditional Thanksgiving buffet; also packages including buffet, room, and admission. Information and ticket offers are available at the link below. The Natural Bridge, on US 11, is off I-81, exits 175 & 180.
Last Updated: 5/8/2013 9:44 AM