Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Living History and Heelside Farms

This past weekend we went to our first REALLY big, overnight Living History event... it was about five hours away in Historic Brattonsville. We had a wonderful time and got a lot of experience living as if we were back in time. We cooked our 'period correct' meals in the fireplace, washed our dishes with lye soap in a bucket, washed laundry with a scrub board, hauled water and wood in, swept and swept and swept the floor, slept on a rope bed and feather stuffed ticking, slopped the pigs, picked veggies from the garden, and walked to the 'outhouse' for the necessities. We LOVED it! We are tired and glad to be home, but are already talking about the 'next time' we go. The place was beautiful.... Amelia had a great opportunity to take artistic photos. We were portraying the McConnell family and general way of life during 1860. The whole event was wrapped around a potential slave uprising. The event was titled Black Hope/White Fear. We were not involved in the live vignettes, we were 'wallpaper' or 'ambiance'. AND we learned that portions of the movie 'The Patriot' was filmed on site! how exciting! See the side bar for all of our photos, but here are a couple favorites....

Last week we went on our first official 'field trip' of the fall... we tend to enjoy fall field trips and go to quite a few! Friends of ours, fellow homeschoolers and CONS members, have a sweet sheep farm... they also harvest honey and have a few cows and several birds of feather as well as a sweet, fat bunny as the only farm 'pet'. Mrs. Beasley is one of the reasons Amelia and I are so interested in spinning and weaving... long before we started being interested in Living History. So we asked her if she would be our spinning 'mentor' and she said she would be glad to! We are excited about learning. We had a wonderful time at the farm.....

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1 comment:

membership said...

Thanks for coming out and helping us with the Black Hope, White Fear event. We really appreciated your help! You took some great photos and we wanted to invite you join our online album at Flikr. Here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/historicbrattonsville/