Fort Yargo: A Nice Place to Go, March 27-29, 2015


Nicely attended event.

Nicely attended event.

We go to a lot of places up and down the seaboard in our pursuit of history and a good time , but there are few events as nice as the Market Faire at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder,Georgia. Built in 1793, the blockhouse sits near the lake and the park is lovely. Winder is about an hour north from downtown Atlanta and about 5 hours from my front door but it’s an easy drive. Certainly the end is worth the trouble to go as one would have to look very hard to find a nicer, more hospitable and enthusiastic group of people as those of the Fort Yargo historical Society. Juanita and Omer Alexander spread the welcome mat for all and sundry. She’s quite a character, funny and funnier by degrees and always with a kind word and a smile.

Juanita and Omer Alexcander

Juanita and Omer Alexcander

As I had to be back by Sunday, I decided not bring a tent. The Jamison Inn is literally two minutes away from the site and provided a nice place to sleep. It’s just as well because the weather was rather funky. When I got there early Friday afternoon, it was sunny but cold and windy, mostly windy! Maybe it’s because the lake is right there; huddling next to Patrick Servey’s fire , though, felt nice and even though the event didn’t start until Saturday, there were a suprising number of people wandering through, mostly parents and their homeschooled kids. kids

susie brooks fouts cook

Susie Brooks Fouts, Jim Buckenmyer and friend at the kitchen

Saturday was a very busy day with all kinds of things going on. Trade blankets abounded and it reminded me of an old fashioned rendevous. There was a lot to see. Since last year, the group has built a blacksmith’s shop and a beehive oven. These seemed to be a main attraction. There was woodworking, smithing, a lecture on frontier pharmacology, horn and leather-working, beading, spinning, chair caning and cooking. Some of the group played period music most of the day and above all, there was a ton of pure camaraderie. There was no end to the food as Jim Buckenmyer cooked a breakfast that would make Henry the Eighth happy and Susie Brooks Fouts manned the cooking station, offering samples of hard tack and jerky to anyone who wanted to try it. She was roasting a fresh rabbit as well (poor Easter bunny caught it in the neck) and she provided something which I can only describe as pure ambrosia- Chicken Mull. Alternately called Chicken stew by the locals, she said it’s a local soup whose origins go back in history. I didn’t care; I could have had 3 bowls!

At 3 PM, Jim was the maitre d’ and Juanita hosted a heck of a fine tea for all the women present.It’s nice to have a courtly man serve up delections and hot tea at a lovely jollification. Hint, hint, fellas!!! Shorty after, I had to leave but not without seeing all my new and old friends and acquaintances. It was a wonderful time and I hated to see it end.

Blacksmithing was a main attraction

Blacksmithing was a main attraction

All day long , the guests kept coming

All day long , the guests kept coming

Of course there was drilling!

Of course there was drilling!

Lauralei caning beautiful chairs.

Lauralei caning beautiful chairs.

Medicine on the frontier

Medicine on the frontier

Music inside the blockhouse

Music inside the blockhouse

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Old Friends, New Ideas: Joining Places, Joining Hands


wilderness road 2At the end of January, I was honored to represent Sycamore Shoals as an observer-participant at the History Summit attended by representatives of all the State parks in South West Virginia and Kentucky, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and others like the Daniel Boone Association and The Friends of the Boone Trace . it was a gathering of all those places that mark the journey of Daniel Boone and the opening up and expansion of the Trail from Sycamore Shoals where it first began with the signing of the Transylvania Purchase and the jumping off place of the first families to move past the Districts of the mountains of North Carolina, to Fort Boonesboro, where the population disseminated from there. It was an initial planning and meet and greet to get ready for the 250th Anniversary of the opening up the Trace
. As the staff was in in-service at that time in Nashville and Chad Bogart was literally the only one holding down the fort, I went in his place and my job was to be his eyes and ears (and mouth occassionally) throughout the whole thing .Altogether, it was a very eye-opening experience and while I was there, got to know better people I already was acquainted with and met some very nice new friends. I truly began to appreciate the importance of the work of Daniel Boone, the Wilderness Road, the Daniel Boone Trail and Trace and how these people hacked a Paradise in this wild place.dan1

Joan Short, a volunteer at the Natural Tunnel State Park and now President of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Asssociation , came to the Carter Mansion on Tuesday and asked if I wanted to come to their meeting held today. I said I would and sure enough, I did. It amazed me how much work they do in that area, educational and school programs, monthly talks and more , with the goal of telling the story of the Westward expansion of people from the Frontier to the Frontier over the Mountains into Kyn-tuck and points beyond. It drove home to me how our locations are inextricably linked as our stories overlap so closely.

With that in mind, over the next few days, I’m putting up the links to all of the parks along the Wilderness Road and the Daniel Boone Trail in a separate section along the right margin and I do hope you visit them frequently to see all the wonderful things each group is doing. You will be able to see how the stories interlink and how hard people are working to keep our heritage alive.

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: Funeral Arrangements for Earl Slagle’s Sister.


Below is a link to the obituary and funeral arrangements for Earl’s sister, Fridie Cox.

http://www.presleyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Fridie-Cox/

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: PRAYERS REQUESTED


Good Afternoon Washington Co.

Some unfortunate news to report. Earl Slagle’s sister passed away this week. She lived in Cookeville, TN.
I spoke with Earl this morning and he said the arrangements were incomplete at this time.
I will pass along more info as it becomes available. Please keep Earl and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Chad

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: APRIL MUSTER AT CARTER MANSION, APRIL 11-12


Good Afternoon Washington Co.

Just wanted to remind everyone that the Carter Mansion Celebration is coming up on April 11-12. This is always a lovely event at a lovely place. I would really like to have a variety of activities going on. Please let me know if you would like to plan a demonstration, program, display, or presentation. Please let me know by the end of this month. As always we will have the skirmish at the Mansion so come prepared to fight. Also we will be having our special communion service during our Sunday morning worship time. There were so many positive comments from last year so we’ll definitely keep this as part of the regular activities at the Carter House event. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank You,
Major Bogart

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OVER THE MOUNTAIN TO WALNUT GROVE PLANTATION, MARCH 7, 2015


Beautiful Walnut Grove; good to see the sign!

Beautiful Walnut Grove; good to see the sign!

Back when we were freezing our buttocks off at our Trade Muster in February, our friend and former seasonal ranger, Jeff Hyder came up from Walnut Grove and said they were having a day long event at his historical site on March 7. It was to be a day of 18th century living skills demonstrations , culminating in candle light tours through the grounds and the beautiful house. The promise of lunch if we came was a pretty good enticement too so on March 7, a few of us made our ways over the mountains to go.

The Plantation House.

The Plantation House.

It was a beautiful morning when I started out at 7 AM and an uneventful three hour drive to the place. Near the Walnut Grove sign, the fields were alive with daffodils and crocus , the first I’ve seen bloomed and one could almost hear the grass growing, everything was greening and vibrantly alive.

Julius Dargan , assistant ranger, met Becky and John Garrou, Ken and Retha Reece and myself. Within a few minutes, Chad Bogart pulled in and Julius told us we had the run of the place. We set up quickly and proceeded to spend one of the most enjoyable days, looking busy when in fact, we were basically on a day long picnic.

Jeff Hyder spending time with us at our day long picnic.

Jeff Hyder spending time with us at our day long picnic.

There were other people there doing all kinds of things: a fellow carving wood, a blacksmith making hooks and other useful items, Lorraine and Dennis Voelker selling all manner of 18th century wares ,  and the So. Carolina Rangers were there, but overall, this event was “gently” attended.  

I think the biggest draw was the man who had cages of exotic chickens and one of the biggest rabbits I’ve seen in a long time. The kids loved to look at them and seeing these breeds was very interesting.

I wonder if these chickens lay furry eggs?

I wonder if these chickens lay furry eggs?

It was in the mid 60’s and all day long we sat in the sun. After the brutal temps and thirty inches of snow and ice pounding us over the last three weeks, the sun felt like Heaven!  It was pretty nice going through the house and walking the grounds. I love the insides of the house as it’s furnished so beautifully and could easily see myself living in such a place.

Great room

Great room

I especially love the kitchen which is independent, at the back of the house. It has EVERYTHING one needs to cook and a hearth to die for!

Public attendance was good and people drifted by looking at Becky and John’s preserved foods, contents of Chad’s haversack and writing desk, my spinning and Retha’s sewing but let me tell you, the biggest thing we did all day was have a great BBQ lunch and sample John Moss’s excellent roasted rabbit and cheese cornbread.

Over all, it was a great day. You have no idea how nice it is to go to an event and not really do anything but visit one another and enjoy the weather. It’s a rarity and because of that , so much appreciated when it happens. Thanks to Becky and John for the fine pictures and I’ll let them do the talking.

Jeff Hyder spent time with us which was so nice! This was pretty much our day.

Jeff Hyder spent time with us which was so nice! This was pretty much our day.

South Carolina rangers- and everyone doing what we do best==== eating!

South Carolina rangers- and everyone doing what we do best==== eating!

Retha Reece, Lorraine Voelker and me.

Retha Reece, Lorraine Voelker and me.

Becky Garrou showing her preserved foods.

Becky Garrou showing her preserved foods.

Comfy!

Comfy!

Of all the pictures, Ken Reece's says it all!

Of all the pictures, Ken Reece’s says it all!

Itching to make a meal there!

Itching to make a meal there!

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: DUES ARE DUE!


Good Morning Washington Co.

Just a reminder that Dues are due on or before February 28th. Many have already sent them in we are still waiting for a few more to do so. Remember dues are required for full membership only, Trial members do not pay dues. FAMILY $35.00…. INDIVIDUAL $25.00….Please make checks payable to “FSSSHA” and be sure to write “MILITA DUES” on the memo line.
Send to …
Washington Co. Militia
c/o Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 W. Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Also, People have been wondering if their checks have been received. Yes they are here and will be deposited together after the 28th. Then they should show as cleared.

Thanks.

Chad A. Bogart

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