July 12th, 2011

Colonial Days and Native American Tales will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the State Historic Site of Fort Loudoun. Linda Zeigler will be presenting her colonial cooking program in the summer kitchen. Last month, she roasted a chicken in a reflector oven, baked biscuits (mush muffins) in a spider and a delicious lemon cream cake in a Dutch oven, providing samples for the visitors.

Bev Sanders will be demonstrating spinning wool on a traditional spinning wheel and a drop spindle. She will be carding wool. There will be handmade soaps, wool for crafts, colonial type games and toys, rag doll kits, handkerchief doll kits and school slates. She will be set up in the Patton House.

Shelby’s Volunteers will be camped on the site. The re-enactors portray Evan Shelby’s followers during the French and Indian War and Isaac Shelby’s during the Revolutionary War. The members present the lifestyles and skills of the eighteenth century.

At 11:00 a.m., local historian Calvin Bricker will present a talk on James Smith and his five years with the Conewago tribe. Beginning at noon, Mattea Hartlove will do a story telling session, then discuss her tribe, the Piscataway from the Eastern Shore area. She will also teach visitors how to make a dream catcher. Mattea lives in Mercersburg with her husband and four children.

The movie, Allegheny Uprising, starring John Wayne and based on James Smith and Fort Loudoun will be shown in the Patton House. James Smith and his band of rangers is credited with forcing the British from Fort Loudoun ten years before the American Revolution. Movie posters and lobby cards from the large collection of Robin Houtz will be on display.


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