April brought drenching rains throughout the month, but May has been picture perfect so far with beautiful spring weather at hand.
To begin with, Friday had members of the 21st Michigan Civil War reenacting unit giving a school presentation to the teens and pre-teens at Kelly Middle School in Eastpointe. The kids were very attentive and asked well thought out questions.
Here, please allow me to show you a few photos:
|Kristen spoke to the kids on the clothing of a well-dressed upper class woman. They were literally shocked to hear (and actually see) that she was dressed in nine layers of clothing!|
|Such purty stockings!|
|In fact, we all had purty stockings! (Great picture Kristen - thanks for allowing me to use it!)|
|Oh, did I tell you the school principal fed us lunch? Yup - we had period correct pop and pizza! (Thanks, Kristen, for allowing me to use this photo you had taken of us!)|
|Our military also had hard tack and coffee - - I mean, pop and pizza!|
|The military men of the 21st Michigan fascinated the kids by bringing the Civil War up close and personal. They spoke of a soldier's life on the march and in camp as well as the horrors of the battles.|
|The long-haired boy and the hardee-hat wearing boy are my two oldest sons, both very much into and involved in reenacting, almost as much as their father! They, too, dressed up kids in full uniforms.|
|Yes, they did get to fire their muskets, much to the delight of the kids (and much to the disdain of the nearby neighbors, most of whom have dogs).|
The very next day was the first "official" reenactment of the 2013 season for us in southeastern lower Michigan: Walker Tavern. For the past three years this event has been cloudy, rainy, and cold.
But not this year: with the temps reaching into the 70's and the sun out in all its vitamin D glory, this was a picture-perfect event. Well, almost; it was very unfortunate that both of the historic buildings on the land were closed, including the tavern itself. I'm sorry, but the powers that be had this date on their calendar since last year and there was no reason the structures should not have been ready for the public to visit them.
(If you want to see and read more about this 1830's tavern, please click HERE).
But we had a fun time nonetheless - - - - - -
Um...did I say "fun"?
|Woo Hoo!!! The reenacting season has begun!!!|
|The ladies of the 21st Michigan stand in front of the 170 year old Walker Tavern|
|I posed with the ladies on the side of the tavern|
The fence line along the Old Chicago Road made for a picturesque setting.
|A lovelier group of ladies you will be hard-pressed to find! Even with my daughter in a tree!|
|We had heard what sounded to be gunshots and cannonading, so Kristen climbed a tree to see if she could spot the commotion|
|"It came from over there! Oh my! It looks like...like..."|
|"Oh! Oh! It's a battle! We must skeedaddle!!"|
|Kristen jumped from her perch. But it was such a long way down that she...|
|...crashed to the ground...dead...the first civilian casualty on the Battle of Walker Tavern.|
|Silly Kristen! It is just a battle reenactment!|
|And the men came matching out onto the battlefield|
|They prepared to squelch the rebellion|
|The firing was pretty intense for such a small group of men. (I snapped this photo just at the right moment!)|
|The cannon fire was pretty intense as well|
|The Union plowed through and captured the Confederates. The battle was over for this day.|
|A couple of men that survived the horrors of the battle|
|A caught a couple of Confederates stealing a pie! (Actually, they won it at a pie auction.)|
|Some of the Union men that survived the battle had their tintype taken for posterity|
On the way home, as we drove along the Historic U.S. 12 stage coach road, a few of us stopped in Clinton, Michigan, where we stood on what is, to us, hallowed ground, for it was the original plot of land that the infamous Eagle Tavern (now restored in Greenfield Village) once stood.
The Eagle Tavern is perhaps my very favorite place to eat, and not only because the food is outrageously good, but because of the historic feel and setting.
|Here I am standing next to the historic marker for the Eagle Tavern. After restoring the dilapidated building inside Greenfield Village, Henry Ford renamed the tavern "The Clinton Inn" as a tribute to the town from where it originally stood.|
|The Eagle Tavern in its original location - this is a photo from the later part of the 19th century|
|The Eagle Tavern as it now stands inside Greenfield Village. This building will be revered and appreciated by millions for generations to come!|
And we'll see you next tine in time...
Old Chicago Road/U.S. 12/Michigan Avenue
The Eagle Tavern