I usually participate at living history events, but this was my first 3 day re-enactment. I came as a companion to my friends..they were civilian "refugees" in the camp :)
Sutlers followed the camp to sell provisions to the men, so there were many tents set up selling many different types of 19th century style supplies.
A beautiful table setting...
One of the ladies purchased an antique hand-cranked sewing machine (!!) Although it's post war (1870's) it's in excellent condition. When there was extra time to spare, the ladies all gathered around to sew!
I was so delighted to see many mothers come with their babies in antique carriages, and dressed the part as well!
I learned so much this weekend, especially what I can do without. Having limited clothing choices, zero cosmetics, cooking over an open fire, sleeping in canvas tents...
It took an extra step to living simply, and I'm inspired to incorporate a few basic things to my own everyday life.
Although I'm thankful for the freedoms and conveniences of the 21st century, I still feel like I can and should glean old-fashioned skills, manners, morals and principles from those who have gone before me.
Especially during the most oppressing times where mothers truly learned how to "get by" with the little they had; I want to know those 5 ingredient recipes, herbal remedies, the food preservation knowledge, and memorize scripture with as much zeal and conviction as many did in the toughest of times.