Fort Edwards Family Day

Each year we go to the Fort Edwards Foundation Family Frontier Day in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.  Fort Edwards was an actual Fort manned by George Washington’s Virginia regiment.  I can’t say enough praise about the quality of this event.  This children always have fun while gleaning lots of information about this area’s and this nation’s past.  Here are just a few of the docents and presenters from the day.

Tape Maker - Making Woven tapes on Her Small Weaving Loom

Tape Maker – Making Woven tapes on Her Small Weaving Loom

The Tape Weaver explained the origins of the phrase “bureaucratic red tape.”  Colonial documents were sealed with a crimson red tape, and you could tell if the seal had been broken.  The red tape became associated with government business.

Lovely Ladies in Period Dress were in Attendance

Lovely Ladies in Period Dress were in Attendance

 

Docent Providing Instruction on Bayonets

Docent Providing Instruction on Bayonets

“Soldiers” in authentic reproduction garb dedicated hours of time to teaching participants about the history, weapons, clothing, and military strategy used in protecting the Fort.

 

Two Reenactors Pose in Front the Fort's Colonial Garden

Two Reenactors Pose in Front the Fort’s Colonial Garden

 

Spinning Lessons

Spinning Lessons

 

Seamstress at Work

Seamstress at Work

 

Kentucky Long Rifle Demonstration

Kentucky Long Rifle Demonstration

Colonial Furniture Making Instruction

Colonial Furniture Making Instruction

We hope to see you there next year!

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5 Responses to “Fort Edwards Family Day”

  1. Judy Judy
    June 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

    My family has reenacted twice in this event. Both times have been very enjoyable.

    • Meduseld
      June 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      I wish we had been introduced! I saw you there. My husband and I did meet your husband and son, and were thoroughly impressed with the scope of knowledge your son has of the history of the period. Way to go!

  2. Hilda
    June 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

    wonderful way to teach the children local history, enjoyed the photos

  3. Judi DeWitt
    July 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Thanks goes out to all who helped with organizing the Fort Edwards Family Day!! All the visitors make this such a wonderful day. We all love showing what part of the 18th century was like. Please come back for next year’s Family Day. We hope to have some new exhibits! By the way – I am the lace lady. I truly love showing how lace was made during the 18th century!

    • Meduseld
      July 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

      Hi Judi! We will be having Judi next week as our guest on this blog, where she will go into detail about her specialty, bobbin lace making. Please make sure to check back often so that you don’t miss that article!

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