Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time Travel (Sunday, Oct. 10)
Whole families spend the weekend camping out in tiny canvas tents to take on their Revolutionary roles. A few of them use air mattresses camouflaged with straw around them, but some actually sleep on straw pallets!
All the re-enactors talk as if they are actually living in 1781. One guard accused us of being spies and questioned us about the king's name (George, we got that right) and the Queen's name. When we didn't know her name, he concluded that we weren't spies and wouldn't have to be shot because an Englishman would have known his Queen's name! Whew! (In case you're as bad at history as I am, it was Charlotte. We did get the King's nationality right, though--he was German!)
Then "General Washington" arrived, walking along the line of soldiers, sometimes speaking a word of encouragement to one or another. When he was done reviewing the troops, he gave a stirring speech before he rode away on horseback.