It's my opinion that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world and I am proud to be a born and bred native!
And what better time to be an American than on the 4th of July - Independence Day!
There were only seven of us from the civilians of the 21st Michigan reenacting unit I belong to that participated in our own little non-event event, but did we have a wonderful and patriotic time!
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well then, this posting should fill a book, for there are many photos here taken on our time-travel excursion - each one with a caption to tell the story of our transport into the past.
I hope you enjoy it.
|After much research and studying, a few of us discovered the worm hole to transfer us through time...a portal to the past...|
|And before we knew it - Zap! we found ourselves back in 1862, riding in a railroad car pulled by a steam locomotive.|
|It was a pleasurable ride...though there was some uncertainty about what lay ahead...er...behind...|
|It was fascinating to see the engine blow off steam|
|It wasn't too long before we exited at the train depot. We had a day to enjoy town before heading to the farm, so we strolled around to see the sights|
|There were plenty of picturesque areas for us to take photographs|
|The ladies enjoyed a spin on the carousel near the village green|
|Girls! Be nice!|
|While we sat in the sitting room the following day waiting for our ride to pick us up, the proprietor, a rather opinionated man, informed us of the latest news, though he toned it down a bit with ladies present.|
|We didn't have to wait too long before our host family, the Firestones, arrived to pick us up on their cart. It was a pleasant but bumpy ride out of town and onto the country roads.|
|Just a few hours later we found ourselves on the lane heading toward the farm...|
|And what a beautiful and festive farm house, all decorated for the 4th of July holiday!|
|On our way to the house we passed some of the Firestone men harvesting the summer grain|
|And inside, the ladies of the house were preparing the afternoon dinner meal. It was the 4th of July and the excitement was mounting.|
|Patty helped by going to the cellar to get some jam|
|All of this cooking became quite messy!|
|Larissa made some festive homemade twirly things as part of the 4th of July celebration|
|My wife, Patty, also spent time crocheting gifts for the Firestone ladies|
|As it was a very hot day, standing near the barn proved to be a cool spot to take a break from crocheting|
|Once everything seemed to be going smoothly, a game of croquet was a fun way to pass time waiting for the dinner bell.|
|It was picture perfect! There was a raspberry bush nearby and the kids picked a bowlful. My wife certainly enjoyed the fruit!|
|Back at the Firestones, my daughter took to farm life quickly...|
|...as did my son.|
|The real treat took place in the late afternoon when the Firestones surprised us by pulling out their ice cream maker!|
|They had borrowed ice from a neighbor who happened to have an ice shed on their property to help make it ice cream. Miles was fascinated, only seeing this type of dessert coming from the store or Dairy Queen in our future time.|
|Is it ready yet? There sure was a lot of cranking going on to make it!|
|Yes! It was finally ready! Who needs DQ? This stuff was excellent!|
|Everyone enjoyed the cool taste of homemade ice cream on such a balmy day!|
|And then another surprise...a patriotic cake to help celebrate the 4th of July! Mmm mmm good!|
|The cake makers and bakers (with a little help from other family members)|
|Larissa and my daughter made something that when thrown out a window it should float down to the ground gently.|
|The attic window was certainly high enough. Whoa! That's a long way down!|
|Becky could not get her window open and tried to see what Larissa was doing|
|Whoops! Off the little festivity went, though it didn't float gently down as we had hoped.|
|Becky's didn't do much better!|
|The two ladies gave it their best! It was still fun!|
|As the afternoon wore on and the heat of the day was at its peak, sitting on the porch was the order of the day.|
|There is nothing like relaxing on a farm porch with family and friends|
|A tintype photographer happened by and offered to take our image. We obliged!|
|In fact, he took two images of us! In this one, Mrs. Firestone and two of her sons posed with us.|
|After the Firestones went into the house, I snuck my digital tintype and had one taken as well. He was quite confused at how the thing worked but didn't do too bad.|
|They showed Patty and I, along with our two youngest, the room in which we were going to bed for the night...|
|But before we knew it, the sun had risen. It was a new day on the farm. Unfortunately, we had to leave. The Firestones offered us a ride in their cart back to town, but we soundly turned them down. Where we needed to go they could not take us...|
|...and they would not understand...|
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Back in 2012, we enjoyed the neighborhood fireworks celebrating the modern July 4th.
Here's another modern way that many celebrate the 4th...
|...in case you think we only do things in a historical way...on the Saturday before the Glorious Fourth we had a great time with family at Cedar Beach in Lake Huron!|
Just so you all know the kind of sturdy stock we are made of, it was 101 degrees in the Detroit area on the 4th of July - the day we visited Eagle Tavern and Firestone Farm in Greenfield Village. We felt not unlike our ancestors must've felt on such a day back in 1862.
We persevered. And there was very little whining.
Happy 4th of July (a little late).
(PS - No, we did not stay over night at the Eagle Tavern. No, we did not actually get a ride on the Firestone cart. No, we did not get to eat anything the presenters at Firestone Farm made. And no, we did not sleep at Firestone Farm.
We did, however, eat at the Eagle Tavern!
Oh, and notice the more gray-toned photograph taken of the Firestone farm with the caption "in fact he took two images of us" This is an original photo of the Firestones taken back in the 1870's. But if you look closely, you will see that we are also in the picture.
Yep, proof that we were there and time-travel is possible!