LEWISBURG -- Hannah Wert will demonstrate open-hearth cooking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 during Rural Heritage Days at the Dale-Engle-Walker House on Strawbridge Road.

She will prepare Irish corned beef and cabbage, Johnny cakes, also known as Journeycakes, onion dumplings, and stew with potatoes, carrots, onions, celery and herbs, just as early settlers would have cooked in their hearths.

The theme of Rural Heritage Days 2011 is "A Meeting of Cultures: Pennsylvania Germans and Their English Neighbors." The foods prepared by Wert, the many other demonstrations of crafts and farming traditions and the exhibit of historic items all aim to illustrate the overlapping of the cultures of early central Pennsylvania settlers.

For information, contact the Union County Historical Society at 524-8666, hstoricl@ptd.net or visit the website www.unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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