Guess & Go Story Time: National Picnic Month

Summer is here and it is time to enjoy outdoor picnics!

July is National Picnic Month, the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of picnics. Picnics as we enjoy them today, as time in the outdoors with friends, family, and food, became popular by the mid-1800s in the United States. There are several 19th-century etiquette books that explain in detail what should happen at a picnic: a meal followed by music, games, and stories. The etiquette books also included how to prepare your china in a picnic basket and what to pack.

We know that in the summer of 1846 several family members from Macculloch Hall enjoyed a picnic with friends at Horse Hill. Located near Cedar Knolls and Horse Hill Road, Horse Hill reportedly had a beautiful view. While on the picnic, several people spent time picking and eating huckleberries in addition to enjoying the picnic meal they packed.

Join us for Facebook Live to hear two stories about picnics: The Most Perfect Spot by Dianne Goode and Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard.


Here are some tips for picking the best foods for a summer picnic:

Age / Level: 1, Primary, Elementary

Guess & Go Story Time: National Picnic Month Photo Gallery

Cover photo of The Most Perfect Spot