History, Living History, Reenacting, School Day

Civil War Weekend @ OWHSP 2018

Hello friends and hello first post of 2019! I hope your New Year has been off to a great start! I took quite a long break from blogging, but I promise that this year I’m getting back into blogging on the regular. That’s one of my goals for this year. (;

Last November I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for the annual Civil War Weekend event. I volunteered in the 1836 courthouse. During the Civil War the city of Washington became the capital for the Confederacy. The courthouse was also used as a schoolhouse for many years, and in one of the rooms upstairs it is still used to demonstrate a one room schoolhouse. I spent most of my time up there giving tours and lessons from the 1850’s. The school children loved getting a 19th Century school lesson!

Upstairs in the 1836 courthouse
Inside the school room
A sweet little girl drew this for me after her “lesson’ (:

I posted the above photo on Facebook, and one of the ladies I know commented on the post and told me that the Ladies Auxiliary met at the 1836 courthouse during the 19th Century to work on sewing projects. I found that so fascinating that the next day I brought some material and cut out a new 1860’s cotton day dress!

A 19th Century selfie
Some of us ladies after the battle on Sunday

It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Chloe's Cottage, Reenacting

Civil War Weekend at OWHSP 2017

Here are some pictures from the civil war reenactment at Old Washington Historic State Park last November:

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Since I was the only lady not dressed out on Saturday night I was put on chili making duty…..that way none of the ladies got their dresses dirty. (;

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The sanctuary of the Methodist church, this church has the oldest Methodist congregation in the state of Arkansas!

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Some young soldiers drilling for Sunday’s battle.

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I was having fun taking some black and white photos and this was one of my favorites.

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Soldiers getting ready for theĀ  battle….and the ones in the back are visiting.

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The artillery!

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Lastly a photo of my dear reenacting and sewing friend.

I did a bit of an awful job of taking pictures at this event, and I do apologize for that. I shall be more diligent at future events!

Civil War Dancing

Civil War Weekend at OWHSP 2017- The Ball

This past weekend was Civil War Weekend at Old Washington Historic State Park in Washington, Ar. Now that is a mouthful! This is usually a smaller, local reenactment which is always a nice event. I didn’t dress out this weekend at all as I wasn’t really planning on staying for it. I did, however, borrow a dress for the dance on that Saturday night.

I wasn’t really at the event on Saturday until that night so I don’t have too many pictures, but I did get quite a few of them on Sunday. I tried to get as many pictures of the ball as I could since I hardly ever take pictures at a dance.

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My friend Sarah waltzing.

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I danced a few dances and then opted to take some pictures before making my way back to the schoolhouse to get ready for bed. Everyone who came had a wonderful time and can’t wait for next years event!