Sunday, October 22, 2017

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

     The second weekend in a row that I was at it hearth cooking.  This was my sixth year at George Washington Birthplace National Monument very near Colonial Beach, Virginia.  It is a favorite historic site - but anything to do with George Washington is a favorite for me!

Kerry McClure as Mrs. Anne Aylette Washington in front of the house

Inside the House - so AWESOME
Photo by Robin Marie

Bedroom - Gorgeous
Photo by Robin Marie

View from the house - so amazing
Photo by Robin Marie

The Road coming into the site - they have animals on site from pigs, horses, sheep, and very large oxen.  Bald Eagles were also seen flying over wondering what the big noises were when the muskets fired.  I love sites with animals!!!!

Did I say they had horses?  And a Senior horse at that?

Krista and I helping him have some earlier to eat pieces of apple

     Gema Gonzalez and Krista Jasillo shared the kitchen with me, and we created an amazing meal for His Majesty's Marines.  

The Kitchen team 

Drying her shoes by the fire

The British Marine camp


Follower of the Army - Robin

     Now down to the actual cooking!  We created an ambitious meal, and the weather was amazing so we were cooking on a gorgeous and cool day.  The menu consisted of Beef Stakes, Fried Fish, Sausages and Apples, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots the Dutch Way, French Beans with Bacon, Bread Pudding, Bread, Stewed Mushrooms, and various items for dessert that included shortbread, dried strawberries, candied ginger, grapes, chocolate, and apple tarts!

Preparation is taking place!

Gema and Daniel

Gema finishing up the Stewed Mushrooms

Krista in CHARGE of the fire - her shoes are still drying by the fire.

Preparing the dough for the apples tarts (bottom) and 
the beef stakes (steaks) broth base ingredients

Amazing bread and butter made by Krista

Krista tending the fire - making some coals so we can bake

Casting a spell on the fire...Just Kidding

It is always fun to hang out in the kitchen - OH to know what they are laughing about!

Shenanigans with Robin, Krista, and Gema
So much happening in this fireplace to create the meal that we did - the bread pudding is done, getting ready to fry fish, apple tarts are baking in both tin ovens, and beans are boiling on the fire

French Beans with Bacon ready!

Our tables with the finish meal and desserts - we even had a table for drinks with punch, lemonade, and water

A Marine digging into the feast - you can see the Carrots the Dutch Way, Bread pudding, and Fried Fish (there is also a salt dish)

The Dessert Table

The Dinner table

Now for the clean-up with Mrs. Washington supervising

End of Day Selfie!  It was an excellent and fun day!  Yes, I'm exhausted...

Hearth Cooking at Scotchtown

     Spending a lovely Saturday at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown a second year in a row is a wonderful opportunity.  It was a really lovely day day to interpret with my friends, Kerry McClure and Gema Gonzalez, as well as participating with the 1st Virginia Regiment at a small, local event.  

Gema as Mrs. Cary walking to the kitchen house
Photo by Chris Beasley

     Kerry and Gema spent the day in the house portraying Mrs. Ambler and Mrs. Cary respectively.  Patrick Henry sold Scotchtown about March 1778 to Wilson Miles Cary for £5000.  The danger of British attack in the Tidewater greatly enhanced the price of land in Hanover, and many fled from the possible impending war.  Mrs. Mary Cary Ambler is visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Miles Cary.  

Kerry as Mrs. Ambler
Photo by Chris Beasley

     It was a pleasure to prepare tea for the ladies, and serve it in the house!  The site coordinator was very accommodating and we had a wonderful, busy day!  There was a photography club that came through, so a lot of photos were taken!  

Mrs. Cary and Mrs. Ambler before tea was served

Photo by Savvy Slideshows

My view from the kitchen house
Preparing to make Apple Tarts

Showing off the tin bake oven
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

Getting the apples ready 
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

Apple Tart pans filled and being covered
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

Cannot make anything with paste (dough) without decorating it!
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

Now to wait for them to bake... 
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

My book available via my Etsy shop!
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

 The Finished Tarts

The Ladies ready to entertain!
Photo by Savvy Slideshows

The Ladies ready to entertain!

Photo by Savvy Slideshows

     If you have not visited Scotchtown in Beaverdam, Virginia, it is a must see, AND their giftshop now has items that we can use in our living history impressions (or if you just like the look of them in your home).  :-)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Clivedon and The Battle of Germantown

     I spent a lovely, yet hectic weekend going to Cliveden, City Tavern, and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past weekend.  The small, one-day event was sponsored by the Asher's Chocolates.

     The Battle of Germantown, held at Cliveden, was a lovely event that has a special history to many who attended.  This was my first year, and I really loved being there - it is a shame that Mr. Asher, of Asher Chocolates and who was the driving force behind this event, passed away a few months prior - as it would have been lovely to meet him.  I came wearing my early 18th century 1770's gown.  I was able to get into the house and my first words were "Wow."  The house is spectacular - the high ceilings, the history, and the feeling I got when I walked into the door.   They do not allow you to take photos inside, or I would be able to show you what I mean.  I was able to get some outside and am in love with this site.  I wish they had had a giftshop that included a book on the history of the house.

Photo of me taken by Robin Marie

     I was there with His Majesty's Marines who participated in the battle.  The history of the Battle as told by their director, David Young can be heard here.  It was one of the largest battles of the revolution in which General Washington commanded troops against General William Howe.

Captain McGaughey of His Majesty's Marines

     I spent the day with wonderful company, and was able to sooth a young girl crying due to the cannon and musket fire.  I often wonder of our sensibilities not having lived in a war time situation.  Our military today that go overseas are in harm's way, and they protect us from having war from coming onto our shores.  Those who are at reenactments on a regular basis are not at all used to the sound of war, and I assured the girl that it was all make believe.  If a reenactment sounded that real, we must be doing something right!

Me, Earl (42d Highlanders), Private Morgan (Marines), Robin, and Krista 

Robin and Private Rancone

Krista and I, Photo by Robin Marie

 Photo by MoofPics

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She makes her own clothing and is FUN.  Eliza is part of a group that travels to historic sites to talk about the 18th century material culture and music with the Ministers of Apollo Early American Music and Arts.

     Went to the City Tavern in the evening, after trying to get to the hotel with road closures and one way streets in the downtown area - finally got there to a lovely dinner - which was excellent.  The privacy of the basement of the tavern was nice, but I may have preferred to be upstairs.

Beer Sampler - WOW.

With the Marines and 1st New Jersey 

Selfie with Karen and Krista

     I spent the day on Sunday at the Museum of the American Revolution of which I was able to observe, first hand, my watch chains, keys, and seals on display.  

     I am humbled by the opportunity to provide inspired reproductions for displays in museums.  The exhibits were thought provoking and inspiring.