Friday Evening Class: “Dining Etiquette with Mrs. Vallion”
· Workshop begins at 7:00 pm

· How to set a proper tea table and formal dinner table
· How to properly serve (or how to train servants to serve)
· Dining etiquette for the host/hostess and for the guests

Saturday Morning  Class:  “In a Stew!” 
· Introduction to the cooking hearth and out-door cooking pit, their design and function
· Essentials of laying, starting and maintaining a cooking fire
· Gauging temperature and use of coals
· Basic hearth cooking tools and how to use them
· How to clean and season cast iron cookware
· Safety on the hearth
· Basics of stewing, boiling, browning

Saturday Afternoon Class:  “Would You Rather Spit or Hang?”
· Roasting: three most common techniques
· Rock and Dutch Oven Baking
· Using a Salamander
· Using a Reflector
· Using a Reflector Oven

Saturday Evening: Visiting and Free Time

Sunday Morning Class:  “Waiting on a Butter Cake?”
· Churning and making butter
· How to use a Wafer Iron
· A Review of Domestic manuals and cookbooks of the mid-19th century
· Workshop ends at noon after brunch


For the 2018 season the hearth cooking workshops will be held at the c. 1820 Shapley Ross House. We will have full use of the house for this semi-immersion event, including using only period lighting, sharing our meals in the home's dining  chamber, visiting in the parlor, using ewers and bowls to wash, and sleeping in feather beds!   (Note: this is a ladies only event due to sleeping arrangements, BUT if any gentlemen would like to attend and don't mind pitching a tent outside, then by all means you are most welcome too!)

Hearth Cooking Workshops are completely hands-on and all who attend will be in full  participation. Weather permitting, we will be cooking both indoors (hearth) and out-of-doors (open-fire) so that you can learn the skills in order to demonstrate/work in both environments. If it rains then we will be cooking on the hearth only. Together, you will be preparing and cooking all meals except Saturday morning breakfast.

All are welcome; however, this workshop is structured for beginners who haven’t had any experience or less than 2 years experience with open-fire/ hearth cooking. If you are a more experienced hearth cook and wish to come and help, you are welcomed.

 All food and cooking equipment will be provided.  Attire is requested to be 1850s-1860s work dresses. Why not invite a friend!


Each workshop is limited to 6 participants. 

Minimum of 3 participants are needed for the workshop to be held.

All-inclusive Fee: $225 per person


Register by May 5th for any workshop and receive 20%!

INCLUDES:  2-nights lodging in historic house, workshops & meals 

To Register:  Please fill out registration form by clicking on the "Contact/Registration" tab at the top of the page​. Full payment is due at time of registration and is non-refundable.

About the c.1820 Shapley Ross House
(where you will be living during the weekend)

The Shapley Ross House, c.1820, was built by Virginia native, Shapley Ross, founder of Moscow Mills, Missouri. Shapley was the wealthiest man in Lincoln County and was recorded in the tax records owning two mills, over 1000 acres of land and 25 slaves. The house is a two story residence constructed of native limestone and is a rare example of fine stonework masonry and Georgian-styled  architecture.  The ten foot ceilings, eighteen inch stone walls, and "nine over nine" windows enclose two twenty-two by twenty-four foot rooms on each floor (making a total of 4 rooms), separated by a wide central hallway graced by the original staircase with a delicate walnut handrail.  Ornamental scroll-work adorns the side of the staircase risers. 

There are four fireplaces, all in working condition; three of which retain their original carved mantels.  The mantels showcase some of the best Robert Adams styling west of the Mississippi River including sunburst medallions, fluted pilasters and cornices.  The chimneys at each end of the home measure 84 x 58 inches.  The hand-carved woodwork and six panel doors, the random width floor boards, and the linen press closets throughout the house are original and also adorned with Adamesque motifs. 

In 1830 Shapley Prince Ross, son of Shapley Ross, the builder of the home,  married Catherine Fulkerson of St. Charles County and in 1839 left Missouri for the frontier in Texas where he became a Captain of the famous Texas Rangers.  His son, Lawrence Sullivan Ross, obtained rank of Brigadier General of the 6th Texas Cavalry during the Civil War, served two terms as the Governor of Texas (1886-1891), and was then to be appointed president of Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (Texas A & M).

Kindly Note!

The Shapley Ross House sits on its original location which is now the center of the small village of Moscow Mills, Missouri.  As a result, the program is not set in a remote or isolated location. The Historic Shapley Ross House sits near the street as it did in 1820; however, the side and back lawns spaciously encompass 3 city lots. A lumber yard sits directly across from the side of the home and a small restaurant sits diagonally from the house; therefore, during the day there is some 'modern' noise and auto intrusions.   We strive to make it our goal to create for you, as much as possible, an historic atmosphere and a positive and enriching experience in spite of these modern interferences.

The Shapley Ross House is not a multi-room Victorian plantation nor is it a bed-and-breakfast styled home.  The house does not have central heat nor is it air conditioned, just as it was in the mid 19th century.  However, being a stone house it is typically 15 degrees cooler inside the home than outside.  The home's windows open for ventilation, the lawn is graced with some large shade trees and if the weather is sultry we will compromise and use electric fans or portable air-conditioners for your comfort at night.  Since this is an semi-immersion event, we will be utilizing the homes original (and renovated) outhouses and will bathe with ewers and bowls.
There are two large bedchambers in the home which will be arranged to host half of the participants of the event in each bedchamber.  It  will be a time of sharing, learning, practicing, making new friends and developing into better reenactors and living historians.  I truly hope you will join us at the Shapley Ross House!

Karen Duffywill be your Hostess and Instructor:  Karen Duffy has been a Civil War Reenactor for over 40 years and has over 30 years of hearth cooking experience. Karen is delighted to share what she has been taught, learned and discovered over the years! She has been the lead hearth cook and/or demonstrated  hearth cooking at numerous prestigious historic sites including The Daniel Boone Home, Thornhill Mansion, Navarre Cabin, Shapley Ross House, Missouri First State     Capital Building, Deutsch Country Days and many others. 




2018 Dates

May 18-20

July 20-22

​September 14-16

Held at

The c. 1820 Shapley Ross House

Moscow Mills, Missouri

(just 45 minutes north-west of St. Louis)

Let's Get Cookin'!

​​19th Century SkillsTM  '14

A Living History Division of  Donathen-Duffy Foundation

"Kindness You Can Depend On!"