MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: ALL CALL FOR AUCTION ITEMS FOR MAY SEIGE


Good Afternoon Washington Co.

The Siege of Fort Watauga is fast approaching. As you know the auction we have during the siege is the only major fundraiser we do, and we depend on the funds we raise. The more items we have the better off we are. If you have items that you would like to donate toward the auction please bring them by the park any time and leave them in my office. As always the items must be period correct, and books must pertain to the period.

Thank You,

Chad

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Carter Mansion Celebration, April 11-12, 2015


Five miles east of the fort is a little slice of elegance on the frontier and it’s always nice when the Militia has a muster at the John and Landon Carter Mansion. This year it was on April 11-12 and I’ll tell you, there were a lot of people sweating it  on Friday before the event. For one thing, it had been raining like a bee-ach-e and cold all week and the forecast didn’t look too promising almost right up to the very end. There weren’t too many people setting up on Friday and the question that was bandied about was whether there would be enough people there to hold the skirmish as the boss (Major Bogart) hadn’t really come up with a Plan B. Scott and Ethan Wallen, Bobby Hamm, Earl Slagle and the Garrous set up in the rain and prayed for good weather. With my bad luck when it came to events and the weather powers, I even offered to sleep at home thinking that with the Jonas removed, things would be good. Oh me of little faith!!! As bad as it was prior to the weekend, that’s how glorious it was from late Friday to Sunday.

Becky and John Garrou and their display of "Smalls" The place was jumpin' all weekend!

Becky and John Garrou and their display of “Smalls” The place was jumpin’ all weekend!

Part of the discussion regarding attendance was that so much was going on this particular weekend and the members were pulled in every direction. At Rocky Mount, there was Wooly Days and also a big meeting of the OVTA, and several members had to be there for that. There was a big Civil War event at the Tipton- Haynes house in Johnson City as well and several thought that these would pretty well siphon off members and the public too. In spite of that all, we had a decent public attendance and the members worked around their schedules and came in force.   Weather was dry and cool and people came from everywhere. There were all kinds of displays, from Jennifer Bauer’s husband doing flint knapping and she dying wool, to The Garrous’ mercantile stall, “The Gourd Man” Jim’s  fine display of gourd items, Ronnie Lail’s rope making machine, Cindy weaving and me spinning wool. Kay Milsap had the children all gathered as she demonstrated 18th century games , Bobby Hamm had fur and bone trade goods and the list goes on. At 1 PM, the group recreated a skirmish between the Tories and the Patriots. Actually this battle didn’t really exist the way we do it but the hard feelings and in-fighting sure did. After the Transylvania Purchase, John Carter and Charles Robertson fronted money for several families to buy the land they had settled on. When it was known that some of these families were loyal to the Crown, the Commitee of Five pulled the plug on these people. I suppose today we’d call it foreclosure. John, as Chairman, planned to take the deeds to New Bern to re-register them and it’s this that the argument and subsequent skirmish is based on. People LOVE the yelling, the shooting and it makes for a bit of drama. Of course, what they don’t know is that Carter never made it to the capitol but died along the way from smallpox and the box of deeds was never found. After the skirmish, the ladies laid on a tea for one and all. It always astounds me how much food we end up having- kind of like the loaves and fishes . the tea went off without a hitch!

Sunday came gloriously and instead of a tea, Major Bogart conducted a frontier service with communion. Everyone who was there was mindful of Easter that had just passed , Chad gave  a wonderful sermon, very touching and the Militia gathered  closely. Sunday was a more relaxed day but still it moved so fast that before one knew it, it was over.

The celebration at Carter Mansion is the beginning of the warm weather reenactment season and no more wonderful time could have been planned.

Thanks John and Becky Garrou for the great pictures.

Cindy Jordan and me in front of my domicile. Harry was with Earl Slagle down by at his camp

Cindy Jordan and me in front of my domicile. Harry was with Earl Slagle down by at his camp

Rope Making

Rope Making

Doug Ledbetter came from the Nolichucky with his Surveying equipment.

Doug Ledbetter came from the Nolichucky with his Surveying equipment.

Melodie Daniels and one of her "man-cubs". so cute!

Melodie Daniels and one of her “man-cubs”. so cute!

Ethan "God save the King" Wallen and Jennifer

Ethan “God save the King” Wallen and Jennifer

It was great seeing Col. Bob McCroskey.  Mel McKay is in the picture too.

It was great seeing Col. Bob McCroskey. Mel McKay is in the picture too.

communion with Chad Bogart, Jason Davis and Ronnie Lail

communion with Chad Bogart, Jason Davis and Ronnie Lail

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The place to meet and greet

The John and Landon Carter Mansion

The John and Landon Carter Mansion

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Carter Mansion Celebration. April 11-12


For sure!!!!

For sure!!!!

Travel back to the 1780s… The American colonies have declared Independence, but the outcome of this bitter struggle is still in question. Hardy frontiersmen have crossed the mountains in ???????????????????????????????defiance of British law and have carved out homes in the wilderness. Conflict is rising between American Patriots, Loyalists who support the Crown, and native Indians who struggle to retain their way of life. But the people of this time still find cause for celebration and merriment so come out and see it all come together at the oldest frame house in Tennessee.

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, built ca. 1775-1780, boasts beautiful over mantle murals, hand carved moldings and raised panels making it one of the most treasured sites in Tennessee history. The house is the only surviving link to the famed Watauga Association, the democratic government set up by the early settlers in the Watauga Valley. The home’s builder, John Carter, served as a chairman of the Association.

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, Sycamore Shoals’ host living history organization, will be celebrating its six-year anniversary during this exciting celebration! The Militia will be encamped on the grounds of the Carter Mansion and will present demonstrations of the daily lives of 18th century backwoods settlers. As part of the activities a re-enactment of a small battle between Patriots and Tories will be presented each day.

Local craftsmen and artisans will be on hand throughout the weekend showcasing and demonstration traditional arts and crafts. ???????????????????????????????Other activities throughout the weekend will include Tours of the Carter Mansion: Tennessee’s oldest frame house, Militia Drill, Musket and Rifle demonstrations, Traditional and Old Time Music, Storytelling, Colonial Military Music by the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums, and much more. Come join us for a weekend of History, Entertainment, and Family Fun!

The Carter Mansion is located on the Broad Street Extension in Elizabethton, TN. For further information or directions to the Carter Mansion, contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

(423) 543-5808

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

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MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: CARTER MANSION CELEBRATION , APRIL 11-12


One of my favorite pictures. Major Bogart seeking inspiration before the service at the 2012 muster.

One of my favorite pictures. Major Bogart seeking inspiration before the service at the 2012 muster.

Next weekend (April 11-12) is the Carter Mansion Celebration. So far I have these people committed to doing a demonstration…

Bobby Hamm – Traps and Furs

Ramona Invidiato – Wool

Becky Garrou – Foodways & Gardening

Kay Milsaps – Games

Earl Slagle – Backwoods Skills & Cooking

Doug Ledbetter – Surveying

I need to know by tomorrow if anyone else has planned to do a demo. I also need to know ASAP who is planning to camp so I can get an idea of how much firewood to take up there.

Also the OVTA is having their board meeting that Saturday at Rocky Mount, and some of them may come by for a visit including John Slaughter, NPS group superintendent for Kings Mountain, Cowpens, 96 and the Overmountian  Victory National Historic Trail. John is great and really enjoys the living history aspect of interpretation. I am eager for you all to meet John.

Thanks,

Major Bogart

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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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