Pic courtesy of Gail and Richard Ellis
January 8-10 2010
“These are the times that try men’s souls”
“Commander, are you sure we aren’t in Valley Forge?!!!”
Molly Spyder, indentured servant
This weekend, Washington County Regiment of the N.C. Militia celebrated OLD CHRISTMAS at Fort Watauga. In spite of it being a low of 9 degrees at night and no higher than 20 during the day, A good number of the Regiment was there including one from as far away as Boone,NC, and there was a steady stream of people, young and old, who came out to experience how their forefathers celebrated the Christmas season in the Colonies.
Each cabin was decorated outside and in with a different theme, representing the traditions of those who were in the Colonies at the time. Doug and Donna Ledbetter decorated the Talbot House in the English way, holly and ivy, table groaning with apple stack cake and varied biscuits. Richard Ellis, appropriately, added homemade mince tarts. Tony DeVault and Bob McCroskey decorated Cabin 3 in the Irish traditon with holly boughs. Cabin 4 was decorated with a Christmas “sugar” tree by Ramona Invidiato and Michael Coon in the traditional Palantine German . The table held a Kringle, a Moravian sugar cake and candy treats. Chad Bogart decorated Cabin 5 as Dutch . Kris Kringle was in his house and his table was laden with cheese, biscuits, fruits and nuts. The Fife and Drum Corp played on Saturday and the Tavern was the place to be on Saturday night.
Sunday’s attendance was light but church was held and attended by public and the reenactors. Altogether, it was an fitting time to enjoy the fresh snow and the Epiphany weekend.
Capt. Bogart being host to Earl and Jacob in the Dutch cabin.
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