Participants learn the art & science of hearth cooking by roasting, broiling, boiling & baking food using recipes & techniques from the first half of the 19th century. The class includes instruction on firewood choice & fire management, cooking tools & techniques, bake oven skills, & period recipes. Students gain knowledge they can apply to their own hearths, with or without the array of period cooking implements available in the Briggs Tavern. All ingredients are supplied & participants get to dine on the food they cook.


Please note this class runs approximately from 9AM - 5PM. (Subject to Instructor Discretion) 


  • Gwen Miner has been hearth cooking for more than 35 years. As staf interpreter at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown NY, she led numerous workshops on hearth skills & period cooking.

  • Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 2 weeks notice before the scheduled class in order to receive a full refund. This gives us the opportunity to fill the class. You may cancel by phone or by emailing