A Blast form the Past: Second Saturdays at the Settlement

 

The Second Saturday of each month is when history comes to life here at the settlement.  On July 13th it was no different. Stepping into the historic schoolhouse built in 1919, guests were greeted by sight of three women dressed in period costumes of the pioneer days, spinning wool into thread. Karen Puracan, one of our spinners was telling two young children how the Florida “crackers” (pioneer ranchers that got their name from the cracking of the whip used to herd cattle) processed their wool. A family watched as Echo Nielsen and Monica Leibacher spread the fibers into a fine, cloud-like shape. They pinched the delicate wool and ran it through the wheel’s flyer, where it came together to form a strand of beautiful yarn.