Sunday, October 30, 2011

1850's living history at The Rex Roat Prairie

Several weeks ago we had the our first opportunity to do a living history event, that wasn't 1860's! The setting was an 1850's settlement. It was at a place called The Rex Roat Prairie. There's 3 original cabins that have been moved to one location. As well, as several other out buildings and such. And of course there's several acres or 'prairie land' with all sorts of awesome wildflowers and such growing it in it. We first discovered the places mid-June of this year. When a reenactment we'd planned on participating in was cancelled due to flooding issues. We spotted it on our way home and thought it would be a fun place for a photoshoot. :D We got talked to the guy who owns it and he asked us to come back during their Fall festival to demonstrate mid 19th century sewing techniques. We gladly accepted the invitation and that's how the story begins. :D

The weather was fantastic, tho a bit windy, its added to the reality tho I suppose. :P

This is the first cabin we were stationed at. :) Even tho you can't see much of it. ;) 

The morning glories were flawlessly beautiful! And made for a nice shade block for those of us sitting outside on the porch. ;)

I wore my black pin striped wool. Along with a apron to save my dress from an over abundance of fuzz and threads from the fabrics I was working with. lol

Even Mom and Megan got in on the fun. :D
There was a girl across from us that made beautiful rag rugs! They were so awesome! :)

I especially liked this one.
Inside there was a lady doing hearth cooking. The awesome part was that we got to eat the product of that throughout the course of the day. So that was super cool! :)

All the cabins are set up so darling. Makes me feel like I could live in one for awhile. Then I remember how much I love the Internet. :P lol 

A wood worker...

And some sort of tradesman I take it. :-/

For most the day we worked on our patch quilt. Which were using all of our repro fabric scraps for....
Its fun to see what kinds of combinations we can come up with. :D I've come to the conclusion that its going to be a true scrap quilt. lol I can't imagine what its going to look like when its done. haha

I found it alittle hard to interact with all the spectators. I'm used to a few questions, but I discovered being shy doesn't make this job easy. lol 

Michelle did an awesome job. :D She always knows just what to say. :)

Sisters hard at work. :D
Megan decided to go gallyvantin' a bit.

Later in the afternoon we were moved to the "1st Cabin". Where we greeted the visitors and tried our best to answer their questions about about the place. :D This is the toy cabinet. :)

They had several quilts on display in there. I'm so amazed by the integrity of this one. These squares were less then 1/2" across. All the stitches are the same size and match perfectly. And I couldn't believe how straight the quilting lines were! I can only dream of being that good someday! :D

Out one of the front windows was the black smith and his son. :)

I also switched to sewing on my new pinafore. :P I was able to get some done before closing time, but my needle was like to big and didn't want to go thru the fabric which was so annoying. :S Lol

She drives in STLYE!
This girl not so much. :( Lets hope that's just because I don't drive yet tho.... :P
It was such a great experience and tons of fun. All the people that put the event on were so wonderful and kind. To top an already awesome day off. Megan and I made the newspaper!!!! Woot! :D We were pretty excited about that. lol They've already asked us to come back next year and I'm really looking forward to it..... ;)

On a side note. Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I started a full time job several days ago and my older brother is also in the process of moving out so things have been keeping my on my toes and I haven't been able to get thru photos to post!! *sighs*, Never the less I'm still hoping to get at least a post a week in. :)

Thanks for reading,


Sarah A said...

That looks like a nice event - I much prefer civilian living history (though there are very few of those around here). You all looked great, and the scrap quilt looks promising. I much prefer those to the ones that are perfectly organized regarding colours and patterns...

The Whitakers said...

Wonderful post!!! We all thought you went to the wonderful state of Virginia! :)

Megan said...

Haha it looks like I'm just sewing on my pinafore
Wouln't that have been great Sarah!! :)
Those rugs Mary made were so cool.
I even got a arrowhead from the Ottery Creek Trading Co. :)