Reopening Plans

Historic Sugartown is excited to share its plans to reopen the 19th-century village!

Historic Sugartown will bring back its guided tours and some of its Bindery Workshops in July. We’ve had to make some changes to ensure everyone’s safety, and appreciate everyone’s patience at this time.

Historic Sugartown’s Safety Measures

  • Staff and volunteers will wear masks while on the premises to protect you during our tours and programs.
  • Staff and volunteers must submit to a daily questionnaire regarding their health and temperature, and must stay home when sick.
  • Historic Sugartown follows a strict daily cleaning and disinfecting schedule for its buildings. Railings, door knobs, light switches, restrooms and other high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected before and after tours, programs and workshops.

Expectations of Visitors

  • For everyone’s safety, all tour participants are required to wear a mask throughout their visit. Anyone refusing to wear a mask will not be allowed to join the tour and will be offered a refund.
  • All tour participants must abide by social distancing procedures.
  • For the safety of our visitors and staff, any participant with visible signs of sickness (cough, etc.) will not be allowed to join the tour and will be given a refund. Please stay home if you are sick.

Tours, Workshops & Events

Guided Tours

Tours have resumed on a limited basis on Saturdays at 11 am. All tickets must be purchased online in advance at HistoricSugartown.org and are limited to 5 participants per tour to allow for social distancing. Unfortunately, this means that Historic Sugartown will be unable to accommodate walk-in visitors this season. Historic Sugartown’s grounds are open for everyone’s enjoyment throughout the week!

Workshops in the Book Bindery

Historic Sugartown has resumed its on-site workshop schedule with new health precautions in place. Workshops have been reduced in capacity to four participants per workshop to create social distancing and the Bindery is cleaned and disinfected before and after the workshops. Participants are provided with a set of disinfected tools and supplies to use throughout the workshop to eliminate sharing. Both the instructor and workshop participants will be required to wear face masks throughout the workshop. Historic Sugartown continues to evaluate its workshop schedule and make adjustments as needed.

NEW – Virtual Book Restoration Workshop
Historic Sugartown’s Bookbinding instructor, Ramon Townsend, has adapted his popular Book Restoration Workshop to a fantastic virtual experience. Because the first workshop sold out, he has added additional workshop dates.  This 4-hour workshop introduces participants to the basic materials and steps employed in most book repair work all from the comfort and safety of their own home. Participants will be virtually taught basic book repair techniques, and in the process learn about the book’s components and traditional hand bookbinding methods. Participants will deconstruct the book by removing the textblock from the front coverboard and spine; scrape off glue and any lining from the exposed spine; remove several signatures; perform paper repair; resew the book; and reattach the front coverboard and spine. For more information and to register, visit HistoricSugartown.org/virtual-workshop/.

Larger Events & Fundraisers

Sadly, because gatherings that attract more than 250 people continue to be prohibited during the Green Phase, Historic Sugartown will not be able to hold its popular summer Biergartens or September fundraiser this year. Historic Sugartown continues to evaluate its programs and events to ensure that we can safely accommodate visitors and meet state and CDC safety requirements.

Please call 610-640-2667 if you have any questions about these changes.