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Riddle, Buss,and Scalp Games & Pix

Here I am sitting on a SETTLE in the City Tavern, a site where two scenes of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm are set.

A horse-powered cider press at Old Sturbridge Village like the one Geordie used at Penncroft Farm to make apple cider and perry!

The horse would be harnessed to the long, curved pole and power the press by walking in circles!

In The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, Geordie tells Lars that Washington encouraged his troops to wear hunting shirts because the British assumed anyone in such a shirt was a skilled marksman. Happily, the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia not only has one on display but also agrees with Geordie! Follow the link to see it for yourself. : )

I will be posting more pictures of people/places/things/ and, yes, recipes for historic food found in my historical novels for young readers: The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, A Buss From Lafayette,and A Scalp on the Moon (in progress). Meanwhile, check out all the pix I have on Pinterest!

If you make some of these historic foods, take a picture and send it to I just might post it right here!

I could not find a real recipe for squash, but when I was served it in a restaurant in the historic area of Philadelphia many years ago, I was told it was a mix of equal parts orange juice and lemonade.

Mrs. Weeks had sent over plenty of cold fried chicken, a salad made with tomatoes and cucumbers, and some freshly baked Anadama bread. After this repast had been placed on the table, I took one look and realized that my day’s work in the berry patch had made me as hungry as my brother, for once.

-A Buss from Lafayette © 2017 by Dorothea Jensen

Geordie and Squire Cheyney try to warn Washington