They used to call them reenactments. Now they call them living history. But it's the same thing: people dress up like people did in colonial, revolutionary, civil war times and make believe for a few hours/days. I've been trying to get my guy to join the group around here but so far, without success.
Last weekend, they had the reenactors/living historians at Horton House on Jekyll Island and we went over to see what was going on. There was the obligatory Oglethorpe (illustrious founder of Georgia) naturally, along with some firing demonstrations of muskets (loud). Oglethorpe is the one on the left--the one not hidden by the woman's mob cap on the lower right.
Thirsty? We got water in mugs made of the stoneware stuff that they used back then. But of course, with real dishes, you have to have someone to wash them. You can't see it, but she had a pan of soapy water on her left and a clear pan on her right. Guess this one was the first rinse water.
There were also spinning wheels. We got to see women spinning yarn, then we got a lesson on dying yarn. Another lady had indigo cakes and showed us how she dilutes them in water and dips the yarn for varying shades of blue. Dying her hands blue at the same time! See the blue stuff hanging up in the back? That's dyed yarn skeins.
There were also rope makers (twisting palm fronds/other plants to make ropes and then using the ropes to braid seats for stools and chairs), tinsmiths (kids were allowed to hammer designs in ornaments), rag doll makers (kids/adults were happy to put together the simplest rag doll design I've ever seen!), a butter churner (he made great butter), bread cooked in iron pots in the coal (with the homemade butter, talk about good!), and lots of other things.
Oh, and there was a colonial toy booth, featuring toys like sticks and hoops and other games. It was fun seeing today's electronic age kids trying to play with them.
All in all, we had a great time.