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18th-Century Trades Fair

18th-Century Trades Fair

Friday, September 1, 2023 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 3, 2023 3:00 PM (EDT)


Witness History Come Alive!

Fair Lawn Farm’s 18th-Century Trades Fair

Life on the Virginia frontier in the 18th century wasn’t easy. Unlike today, families had to harvest their own food, cut wood and split it by hand, and develop their trades without any fancy equipment. These pioneers used tools like draw knives, spokeshaves, and swage blocks – all of which you will see at our 18th Century Trades Fair, held annually on the first weekend of September in Highland County, Virginia.

World-renowned colonial artisans and enthusiasts, including some that partnered with Colonial Williamsburg, converge on Fair Lawn Farm during this event that celebrates colonial life from approximately 1750 to 1775, long before a man named George Washington became the first president of our country and at the time our nation’s fourth president, James Madison, was only a boy.

This family-friendly, juried event is located just a few miles outside the picturesque village of Monterey, and features museum-grade exhibitors, such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, riflesmiths, horners, weavers, spinners, and more. These artisans will showcase their skills and answer your questions while dressed in 100% authentic 18th-century clothing. Hear them tell the history of their trades as well as tales of what life was like in this early-American era. They will also work with original period tools or modern replicas, so you can see their skills in action and maybe even enjoy some hands-on experience from select exhibitors.

For more about this event visit the home page of Fair Lawn Farm 

Admission is $5.00 per day, $10.00 for the weekend, 
Children under 18 are FREE
Fair Lawn Farm
3118 Mill Gap Rd
Monterey, VA 24465 United States
Event Contact
Tim Duff
(540) 468-3094
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Friday, September 1, 2023 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 3, 2023 3:00 PM (EDT)
Hours for the 18th Century Trades Fair are Friday 12-5, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-3. 
Admission is $5.00 per day, $10.00 for the weekend, children under 18 are free.
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