GILMANTON — Flax, the plant from which linen is made, was an important crop to 19th century New Hampshire farmers. On August 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., expert Gina Gerhard will demonstrate the process of flax retting--creating linen--as it was done in Gilmanton 200 years ago.
The demonstration will take place at the site of an ancient flax-retting pond on Meetinghouse Road in Gilmanton.
The flax retting pond, constructed and used in the early 1800s, is a unique feature that may be the only one remaining in New Hampshire. Included in the demonstration will be at least one spinner demonstrating how the flax is made into thread.
The site, on Meeting House Road in Gilmanton, is on one of the parcels to be preserved in the Gilmanton's Greatest Views: for Everyone, Forever campaign. The demonstration is free and open to the public.
Photo caption: Gina Gerhard will demonstrate the process of flax retting, the making of linen from flax, on Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the site of a unique flax-retting pond on Meeting House Road in Gilmanton, sponsored by the Gilmanton Land Trust and Gilmanton Historical Society. (Courtesy photo)