Backyard Revolution is a family-oriented celebration of our country’s cultural and

agricultural heritage. Our aim is to bring the strength, style and ingenuity of our

Forebears to life by making their practical wisdom and living skills accessible to as

broad an audience as possible, raising consciousness and conversation about the

essence of true sustainability. Founded by Adrienne Young-Ramsey, Backyard

Revolution brings people devoted to preserving the traditions of our collective history

together with those who want to share that experience. We passionately support and

encourage the adoption of pre-petroleum age living practices in our modern world.


Food Preservation and Corn Grinding with Christine Putnam

Make & Take a Corn Husk Doll with Lisa Kimball

Food Fermentation with Dawn Story of Farmstead Ferments

Spinning and Weaving with the Albemarle Handweavers Guild and the Whorling Whorls

Botanical Fiber Dyeing with Janet Kerig

Natural Fiber Fairy and Doll Creations with Allegra Studniz

Chair Caning with Meg Smith

Basket Weaving with Kathleen Kennedy

Chairmaking with Purl Samoheyl


Log Cabin Reconstruction with Luke Ramsey of Ramsey Restoration

Blacksmithing with Scott Hingley

Woodworking with Gary Lattan

Bricklaying with Bob Putnam

Sketching the Natural World with Pat Klima

Herb Simples with Terry Lilley of Heartroot Farm

Indigenous Tree ID & Uses with Rivanna Master Naturalists

Cartography – Historic Map Making with Michael Crabill


Violin Making with John Larrimore

Revolutionary War Field Music and workshop with the Maryland Line Fife and Drum Corps

Make your own Rhythm Instrument with the Monticello Family of Volunteers

Meet & Greet with James Dinsmore, Jefferson’s Master Builder (Gary Lattan)

Old Time Fiddle & Banjo tunes with the Ridge Runners of Virginia

Puppet Shows with Purl Samoheyl

Folk Songs with Adrienne Young-Ramsey

Please join the 1st Annual Young Pioneer’s Parade led by Maryland Line Fife and Drum Corps!

We will meet at the south side well at 2:45pm to organize the troupes. Parade kicks off at 3pm!