Friday, October 9, 2015

Living History at Leonard’s Mills 2015

This past weekend we went up to the Leonard’s Mills Living History Days. The visitor traffic was better than it has been in years. Lots of folks with lots of questions. Totally fun. This year was nice because although the week’s forecast has been calling for rain both days, it shifted away as we got closer to Friday. It turned out to be beautifully clear and crisp. Just like a good Fall ought to be. Because of the favorable weather I was able to set up my bench and tool chest outside of our “settler’s cabin”. On rainy years, I’ve had to find a roof to work under somewhere.

This was Asher’s first year so he got a lot of attention. (What else is new?) Eden was on adventures all weekend with his gracious friend, Ben.  They made fires, carved a boat, and somehow time warped across the bridge into the Civil War camp. Eden promptly lost the 1790s paraphernalia for a keppi and a rifle. They warned me that kids grow up fast but… 70 years just like that? And it seemed only like yesterday. Ah well.

I worked all weekend on a commissioned rope bed that’s long overdue. I decided this bed would get double tenons for the rails so I got to demonstrate cutting those both days. All went together smooth and I was able to use the project as a launching point for other discussion on period workmanship.

At three o’clock each day we did an 18th century wedding service. The couple who organized this thing asked me to officiate. They compiled the sermon from 18th century texts so basically all I had to do was read the manuscript.  We don’t do that every year so I appreciated being asked to participate.

This event is such an important tradition for our family. It’s like camping, only better. We look forward to it all year long. If you can swing it, I really recommend you join us next year. It’s a total blast.


  1. Looks like a great time and a great place to go! I need to head up that way some time! Great blog Sir!

  2. Fabulous stuff Josh. Wonderful quality photos too!