Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Marshwiggles in Marshville

We're catching up a bit here at the Marshwiggles blog with our summer activities. It seems we were so busy during the summer, we didn't have time to tell anyone about them!

On the Labour Day weekend we went to Marshville, which is a historic village not too far from here, with Grandma and Grandpa. Every Labour Day weekend they have a festival, and we thought we ought to go, given the name! Marshville has a blacksmith shop, general store, church, schoolhouse, sawmill, etc. and during the festival it also has a craft show, antique power show and old car show. AND lots to eat!!

We arrived and headed straight for the spot where reinactors had set up a military camp (Tim had spotted them from the road), and when we got there we found some friends of ours posing as a member of the Lincoln militia from the war of 1812 and his family! Here Mr. J. is showing Tim a bayonet while his son (a friend of Tim's) looks on in the straw hat.


We also were able to meet a "redcoat":


And there was a man there from the North West trading company (Hudson Bay Co's rival) with a blanket spread out with all sorts of thing to trade. Unfortunately, we didn't have any furs, which is what he wanted, or we might have come away with a pistol, or beads, or any number of other fascinating things! It was wonderful to see some history in the flesh - especially as we studied this time period last year!

2 comments:

Kristi-Anna said...

Looks like a fabulous time was had by all (esp the boys! LOL!).

Can't wait to see/hear how the July bbq went! So sad to have missed it this year... darned family weddings taking up so much of our time! LOL!

Rachel said...

Wow! Looks like you all had a great time, what a wonderful way to learn about history! :)

Enjoyed seeing your pictures from the summer - you have been busy!