Angus McClain is a master carpenter and captain of militia. He told us about all of the weapons and other tools that people would carry with them, an also what they would use if they were out hunting or fighting in the forest. There were a lot of interesting tips he told us, like that you would never carry a frying pan and a copper pot because the noise they make would get you killed.
Joseph O'Fallon was a trapper and trader. He was a patriot that traded furs with the Indians. He told us that each fur weighed about 1 pound, and that the average fur pack weighed ninety pounds. The leading cause of death was that the fur packs were so heavy, having them around your waist would strangle your guts. To prevent this, they wore a sash to protect their guts.
Catherine duBois was a housewife. She was married to Leon duBois, who was a linen merchant. They were patriots but didn't tell people because it would hurt Leon's business. We learned that toddlers would wear the same clothes. They would wear stays with whalebone in them to help their posture.
Janette Lundahl was a spinner and weaver. She told us about different kinds of materials to spin. When you were two or three, you were given a top with a string. If you could spin it without unwinding it, you could start spinning and weaving, and then you could spin a pair of socks. If you couldn't, you didn't wear socks.
Christine MacLean was an innkeeper. She told us about what kinds of people would stay at her inn and what they had. There was a parlor for the ladies to drink tea in, and a tavern for the men to play cards and have a drink. She had a kitchen where she would cook food for everyone staying at the inn.
Peter Smith was the colonial militia head of scouts. He told that there were three things that you had to know as a scout. Who you saw, where you saw them, and when you saw them. He also told us about the things he carried. A musket and a rifle bag with bullets and other gun supplies were important. He also carried a personal bag with food, socks, and maybe a pair of sunglasses. They also carried a blanket for sleeping and also hiding.
Captain Parke was a land surveyor. He measured the land to help mapmakers and land agents that were selling the land. He was paid by the French and also the Spanish. He had a big compass and to mark the land, he used metal poles with red flags.
Charles Walker was a land agent who sold pieces of property. He told us that land speculators committed fraud in selling land, and land agents made legal deals when they were selling land.
Molly Brandt was a Native American and Head Clan mother, which was like the president. She told us that if a man killed an animal in the woods, he would have to make his wife go take it in because if he brought it in, he would have to share with everyone.
Zebadiah was a carpenter. He had 220 acres of land that he got trees from. He told us that he was taxed for every tree he cut down on his own property by the king and he couldn't cut down white oak trees. He showed us how he could shape, split, and craft boards.
Kids should be able to go to a reenactment like this because it gives kids a hands on experience on what life was like in that time period. I think