This past Saturday, my son and I witnessed the day-to-day lifestyle of pre-1840’s pioneers and mountain men. Men and women walked around in period garb, demonstrating the skills of that era. We watched demonstrations on candle making, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, black powder shooting and how to skin out an otter. I learned how teepees were constructed and stepped into a teepee with a campfire in the center—very warm and comfortable. They conducted tomahawk throwing and archery competitions. One man, in buckskins, showed how to make fire the old fashion way—the bow-drill.
Boy scouts and youngsters wandered around the camp with wide eyes and curious expressions. Some of the participants told me they do special events for scouts or youth groups. Looked like an excellent field trip opportunity for homeschoolers. It pleased me to see young people taking an interest in American history. Anytime you can show history, as opposed to just telling it, I believe it becomes more memorable and more intriguing.
The Frontier Festival was held January 7-9, at Chehaw Park in Albany Georgia. We also visited booths where craftsmen sold period-specific items. I was amazed by the knives and tomahawks on display. Special thanks to our neighbors, the Goods, who invited us and accompanied us. Hope you enjoy the pictures below.