Sunday, February 17, 2013

LIVING HISTORY

We went up to Fort Frederica yesterday to see the reenactors walking around and talking about the colonial history of the area. At one time we were the southern outpost, or frontier, of Georgia. But I won't get into that. It was cold and threatening to rain so we didn't stay long, but I have some pix of the reenactors.

Let's start off with a picture of a street sign. Frederica was laid out very neatly with nice straight streets and alleys. Now the signs are about all that's left to mark where they were, although they do keep the remains mowed.



And I need to make it clear these people don't call themselves reenactors; they call themselves living history. This General Oglethorpe pretender was in a rather heated discussion with a visitor regarding the reason for John Wesley's hurried flight from Georgia. The visitor said he was run off; Oglethorpe said he left on his own. I didn't dally in case they came to fisticuffs!



These are some soldiers huddled around a fire. They needed it today, too. I was turning blue.



And some more soldiers under a tent. It wasn't nearly as cozy as the open-air fire, to my way of thinking.



This one is of a soldier, an Indian, and a woman. They had a varied assortment of people at Frederica. The Indian Mary Musgrove lived in her own tabby house here. Charles Wesley (John's brother) stayed here, too, but was accused of adultery and left pretty quickly.



This last picture is of a Scot. The Scots were the backbone of the Frederica settlement. This one, he explained to us, was called a "pretty man." Nope, not because of his looks, though he's certainly a handsome fellow. Seems a "pretty man" means a man who's armed to the teeth. And he was! You can see the dirk handle sticking out from his coat on his right side and one of his two pistols on his left. There's also a sword on the left that we saw, although the picture doesn't show it. And his concealed knife was at his back under his coat. So he was indeed a "pretty man" arms wise!


All in all, a good day, even with the cold and raindrops!

4 comments:

  1. They do take things quite seriously. I'll have to see this place for myself someday.

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, I love to share, William! History is something I love, and there's so much around the area, it's hard to take it all in!

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  2. I've never been much on history (except ancient history), but I've been getting some heavy doses of it this week, starting with Ulysses S. Grant yesterday.

    This looks intriguing!

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    1. This is the easy way to hear about history! The people walking around make it fun.

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