This coming weekend, Mansfield’s South Park will act as a time machine of sorts, giving contemporary men, women, and children the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of late 18th century and early 19th century America.

Hosted by the Richland Early American Center for History, Living History Days will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM to 5 PM, and again on Sunday, September 10 from 10 AM until 4 PM. The event is free to the public.

Included in Living History Days are: eighteenth century reenactors portraying British and French soldiers, as well as Eastern Woodland Indians; presentations on the history of flags in the American Revolution, eighteenth century women’s dress, the Blockhouse, Richland County, and other topics; and musket demonstrations.

The entire schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 9:

10:00 Flag raising ceremony
10:30 Musket demonstration
10:45 Bob Carter: Richland Co. history program
11:45 Musket demonstration
12:15 Van Scott: American flags program
1:15 Doc Shaffer: Blockhouse history program
2:15 “Dressing the 18th Century Woman” program
3:15 Mark Cory: Col. Crawford story program
4:00 Musket Demonstration
5:00 Event closes for the day

Sunday, September 10:

10:00 Flag raising ceremony
10:30 Musket demonstration
11:00 Mark Cory: Col. Crawford story program
11:30 Musket demonstration
12:00 Van Scott: American flags program
1:15 “Dressing the 18th Century Woman” program
2:15 Musket demonstration
4:00 Event closes for 2017

Progress of the cabin being reconstructed near the Blockhouse will also be on view. Recently, the first logs were placed on top of the foundation sandstone.

Views from the first Living History Days may be viewed below; click on any for a larger image.


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