Reenacting is a fun and rewarding hobby. Whether you portray famous historical figures or your own fictional character, reenacting is a form of time travel for those of us who feel they were born in the wrong era. However, reenacting can be overwhelming and very expensive. I hope through this blog to help those new to the hobby, or even those veteran reenactors, to enjoy reenacting without breaking the bank. Blog posts will address things like developing your character, traditions and etiquette for different time periods, and affordable but accurate clothing options. So step back in time to days gone by...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Favorite Things

As a historic reenactor I am always on the lookout for authentic pieces at affordable prices.
Recently I stumbled across these antique 'pince nez' glasses.
They are comfortable to wear and happened to be my prescription:).
I found this antique sewing chatelaine online which I also plan on using at reenactments.
The small silver teapot pin cushion was a fun find at one of the sutlers at the Battle of Gambels Hotel.
The thimble was another lovely discovery at the same sutler's tent.
This old Victorian box is battered but still beautiful.
The top lifts and the front panel folds down.
The best part is that it holds some of my favorite things :).
Don't forget to check online shopping as well as local businesses when looking for special pieces:).
Pince nez glasses found at Antiques in Old Town, Lilburn, Ga
Chatelaine found on Rubylane
Antique box found at Lakewood 400 Antiques Fair outside of Atlanta

Monday, March 21, 2011

Grins and Giggles

Ah yes, the troubles and turmoils of modern day travel when attending reenactments a few hours away!
One must travel in her unmentionables (in this case my petticoats) so as to avoid a wrinkled skirt not to mention one must stop along the way for the facilities which make for a good dressing room too:).
So here I am appropriately standing by the trash can, being that I am behaving in such a 'trashy' manner, by walking around in my underskirts!
What is a Victorian lady to do?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Battle of Broxton Bridge

Last weekend was an 'event hopping' time for us.
After attending the Battle of Gamble's Hotel on Saturday we attended the Battle of Broxton Bridge on Sunday.
This battle took place later in the war therefore we dressed down a bit.
The Battle was amazing lasting nearly an hour and was portrayed wonderfully!
After the battle we wondered down to the swamp where much of the original battle took place.
It is amazing that such a serene and beautiful place was once the site of bloodshed and battle.
Thanks for joining us for the Battle of Broxton Bridge.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Battle of Gamble's Hotel

Welcome to the Battle of Gamble's Hotel at The Columns in Florence, SC.
Come along and enjoy the day with us:).
A long avenue of Pecan trees welcomes us to the plantation.
Let's visit with some friends.
Nobody move! We're hunting wabbits!
The Columns was built in the 1850's.
A winding path leads to the side of the house.
Camilla's and other flowers bloomed in abundance framing the house in an array of color.
I found a relaxing spot on the front verandah.
Hubby enjoys a view of the grounds.
The home features its original fire escape.
The interior was gorgeous.
The original front door and screen door.
View from across the hall.
Hubby and I in the entryway.
Of course, the reason for the event is the battle.
(OK, I had to say that but let's face it, the real reason is to dress up and socialize:).
Thanks for spending the day with us.
See you at the next reenactment!