Friday, October 12, 2012

Mississinewa 1812


So what does a reenactor do when they can't take the time off work to participate in their own reenactment? They go to the closest one they can find which happens to be on their day off. We attended the Mississinewa 1812 event today. It was nice to go as a spectator for a change. 


We noted that the battles are a little less intense when the guns aren't pointed directly at you. 


But at this event you could get your thrills by taking in a peep show instead. 


It is fun to go a see the camps of other reenactors and the setting at Mississinewa couldn't be better. 


The living history camps were highly varied in their accessories. My personal favorite had to be the chickens. I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "a tisket, a tasket, a chicken in a basket."




It is always fun to talk to the craftspeople about their craft. 


The textile industry was well represented with everything from natural dyes,



to inkle weaving,


To a very impressive display on processing flax into linen.


A reenactor can't help but be inspired going to an event like this and perhaps a little green with envy. I'd love to have a little tape loom like this one. I hear they can be found by contacting a Mr. Google. He must be a merchant of some sort. Perhaps someone will contact Mr. Google and acquire one of these for me as a Christmas gift someday?




13 comments:

Florida Farm Girl said...

Looks like a great day. Love that basket and the chickens!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Hope Mr. Google helps Santa find you a special Christmas present, I am sure since this is still October it can be done. Good luck.

Nancy W said...

We've been there many times since we live just a few miles away. It is always so interesting. Of course, I go there to eat!

Elaine said...

I hope Mr. Google finds your new address!! My grandfather whittled one of those ball-inside-a-chain things which I still have.

earlene said...

That would be an interesting afternoon to attend.
Nice pictures!

Lynda said...

It looks like you had a grand time! About 25 years ago, we lived across the street from a young couple who were "into" reenactments. Their family was so enthralled with it at the time that their preschooler would patrol the front yard some days for play.

Meggie said...

I love to attend re-enactments. We also have them in Texas. Love your new header photo!

Pendleton Primitives said...

We've never attended a reenactment, festivals sure but nothing like this. I think we will need to change that soon. Thanks for sharing.
~Christina

thecrazysheeplady said...

You are hysterical :-D. Wonderful photographs!

Historical Ken said...

We've had a few 1812 events here in the Detroit area as well.
Great pictures!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh how I love to watch these re-enactments, surely in another day and time, I participated...
The crafts always amaze me, so many talented artists I could spend hours admiring their wares :)
~Jo

Amy said...

I think I recognize those chickens; they might belong to my friends (the Einselen's), who do a lot of renacting and either bring their chickens or goats with them. I live near the Mississinewa 1812 site and have visited the event every year since I moved here. This was my first year as a participant & it was such a great experience. Do you have any leads on a local source for sheepskin/pelts that would be 1812 appropriate?

Amy said...

Great photos!! I think I recognize those chickens; they might belong to my friends (Ken & Cindy E.), who do a lot of renacting and either bring their chickens or goats with them. I live near the Mississinewa 1812 site and have visited the event every year since I moved here. This was my first year as a participant & it was such a great experience.
Do you have any leads on a local source for sheepskin/pelts that would be 1812 appropriate?