We finished up the Chestnut Ridge NY part of our vacation by visiting the 240th Storming of Stony Point at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
I love living history! (We didn't stay for the battle part.) If I ever have enough spare time to have a hobby, I think I'd like to become a reenactor.
Zac got to churn butter and watch open fire cooking and eat apple pie. He wasn't that interested in the basket weaving but he loved the blacksmith (who gave him a just-finished nail for staying for such a long time).
Personally, I stayed for a long time at the tent with the flax. The interpreter there was wonderfully informative and Zac got to feel flax straw and work the flax break. We saw the three different hetchels and watched her spin. The interpreter told us that William Penn broke the law and smuggled flax seed over to the colonies (colonies were, in part, supposed to be a market for the mother country). She recommended flaxforsale.com for more information (and they sell an educational kit with samples from every step of the process). She also recommended The Big Book of Flax.
The Big Book of Flax: A Compendium of Facts, Art, Lore, Projects and Song
by Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf
The we went to look at provisions at the sutler's (a historical job which was new to me... like a traveling tavern who had a license to go along with the troops). We ate some really yummy food courtesy of The Georgian Kitchen and I finally bought a cone of sugar! I'm so pleased!
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