For those of us lucky enough to live on the 19th Century side of the park, the Leffert's Historic Farmhouse is a great way to relive those glory days of old. Check out the plan for this weekend:
‘Winter on a Flatbush Farm’ (Saturday and Sunday) Flatbush certainly doesn’t resemble farming territory these days, but Lefferts Historic House, the farmhouse museum in Prospect Park, will recreate the atmosphere and activities of the 19th century in this weekend celebration. Children can learn how to make candles, begin a patchwork quilt, harvest cabbage and whip up sauerkraut. And on Sunday at 3 p.m., St. Nicholas will visit. From 1 to 4 p.m., Children’s Corner of Prospect Park, Willink entrance, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, , (718) 965-8999, prospectpark.org; free.
I'm a fan of the Leffert's House. But if I may make a suggestion for a future exhibition: "Leading Causes of Death of the Early 19th Century."
I've always wondered what it would be like to suffer from smallpox - it would be great to have some sort of reenactment. Who remembers the devastating effects of cholera? Lots of folks died from influenza or diarrhea - might be cool to see some accurately dressed actors living through that, realistically, in the flesh. Perhaps some sort of "infant mortality" exhibit - that felled more than 25% of babies back then, and lots of moms too. And you really had to watch out for accidents - without any antibiotics a simple flesh wound from chopping wood could lead to amputation or lethal infection.
Yes sir, if the Q were running that Lefferts House, things would really be different. For now though, feel free to bring the kids and have a joyful time!