Dairy Days at Sully Plantation

A couple of weeks ago, I took the kids to Sully Plantation in Chantilly (VA). It was another place I have long wanted to visit :) My plan was to just walk around and visit the buildings (nearly all original from the late 18th century), such as the main house, dairy house, smoke house, etc. I knew there was a special event, Dairy Days, happening that day, but at $7 per person, I was planning on skipping it.

However, once we got there and the kids saw that they could make their own ICE CREAM, they begged to do it. So, thanks to their generous grandma (who was along for the trip), they did :)

On top of hand-cranking their very own vanilla ice cream, they also learned the process of churning and washing butter and played some historic games.
Haha, for some reason, we were the only ones there for the special event. I guess it wasn't all that popular ;) Since the kids were the only participants, they did all the muscle work. The two of them took turns going between ice cream cranking and butter churning and did all the work. The end result was extra sweet.
I thought Sully Plantation was very nice, but on its own, the kids probably wouldn't have gotten much out of it. Hopefully, with the hands-on activities from Dairy Days, they will have some kind of recollection. Maybe next summer, we will do the house (above) tour during Camp Mama. I can't wait :)


  1. I really don't get these things. Sure, when the apocalypse comes and the modern world as we know it gets wiped off the earth, these traditional things will surely come in handy. But does one even want to be alive when that happens? I say, just let robots grow our food and feed us, everything well be okay.


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