Being that it was built in the 1840s, you may be thinking "a medieval romp? A Revolutionary War excursion?"
And it works very well, too!
Any opportunity that we can show history - make it come alive - and teach folks old and young about history as well as America's great heritage AND help to continue to restore the past (proceeds going for the continuing restoration of this fort and the surrounding buildings) is a fantastic thing.
And recently my wife and daughter and I found ourselves in 1770s clothing here with other colonial/RevWar living historians.
Once again we day-tripped it and, unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the day we came was filled with off and on rain showers. There was also the possibility of severe weather on the horizon, so many of the reenactors packed it up early and left.
Now, there's nothing we can do about the weather, but by realizing and accepting that, yes, it rained in the 1770s, too, a few of us made the best of it and remained, settling ourselves inside the barracks until we had to leave. My crew happened to stay until a window of opportunity opened (read: it stopped raining for a few minutes).
I hated to leave, especially since there are so few colonial/RevWar events in these parts, so I was, needless to say, pretty bummed out. Hopefully the weather will be brighter and dryer for the 4th of July, when we plan to visit the time period once again, only at a different location.
In the meantime, I was able to take a few pictures, which I will present here. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right? That's what we tried to do on this rainy day at Historic Fort Wayne.
scene right out of the past: I believe this was taken during a renewal of the
vows for a couple who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary|
~I wasn’t there on the day this was taken~
(photograph by The Highland Rangers)
|My wife enjoyed the relaxing time spent here and made herself another neckerchief. This photograph gives us away as Patriots - - can you guess how? (hint - check out the pamphlet!)|
|Kristen also bought her shoes from Fugawees located in Florida. Kristen loves to have Rosalia around - she's sort of like a little sister to do her 'menial' tasks for her, such as tying the ribbons on her shoes.|
|Ah...here they are, for anyone interested in her shoes.|
What would a trip to the 1770s be without a military presence?
Let's see a few of soldiers from both sides of the pond who fought during the American Revolution:
|Marching and drilling...|
|American allies Barletta French Marines|
|Because so many reenactors left due to incoming inclement weather, Sunday's battle was more like a small skirmish. No matter - the soldiers enjoyed blowing off black powder, and the few visitors that braved the conditions enjoyed watching it as well.|
1st Pennsylvania Regiment marches past a home nearly destroyed by the
destruction of war.|
Photograph by Tony Gerring - 1st Pennsylvania Regiment
And now let's head back to the (mostly) citizen side of life:
|Here are the other "models" that helped me with a few photographs. They are with the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment; Grants Co.; Blackwatch|
|These two girls are always willing to get photographed! I thought this picture had a unique touch to it as they stood by the bright light of the window.|
|Here is the President of Campeau Company and his wife. Wonderful people who have taken us in under their wing.|
|Kristen's first time out was pretty successful, don't you think? By the way, she also made the jewelry you see her wearing in this picture.|
|My tankard on the window sill: outside the drenching rain was falling in bucketfuls - you can barely make out the canon. I thought this made for an interesting picture.|
|The lovely ladies of Campeau. Yes, it was darker in the natural light of a storm-filled sky.|
And I just may see if I can come up with another event with one of the smaller open-air museums around here. With this year of 2015 marking the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary War - and the 250th only a decade away - I am looking for more opportunities to teach about this so-very-important time in our country's history.
Until next time, see you in time...
To learn more about every day life during colonial times, click HERE