Since this is my first official day back at the computer, I've decided to go ahead and share my weekend with you. Last Saturday, in the wee hours of the morning, my two friends, my sister, and I set out for a thirty minute drive to Boone Hall Plantation so we could experience the reenactment of the Battle of Secessionville. This Civil War battle took place in James Island, a few miles away from Charleston.
|Shops lined along Avenue of the Oakes|
We had a blast! At the reenactment we found all kinds of sutlers lined along the Avenue of Oakes, selling historical reproductions of women's and men's clothing, hardtack, tents, guns, candles, camp ware, dutch ovens, fans, jewelry, and so much more. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly (well, I might have enjoyed myself more if someone hadn't stopped me from buying some more research books).
After that, I was desperate to catch a ladies dress and quilting presentation. Fifteen minutes into searching for it, I finally gave up and joined my friends in exploring the historic slave cabins preserved on the plantation grounds. Once we completed our exploration, we made our way over to the Gullah theater, where a very knowledgeable woman gave a presentation on the Gullah culture.
And then it was time for the moment we all awaited. The Battle of Secessionville. Loud gun fire, powdered gun smoke, and canon blasts, filled the next hour. We met some very friendly folks and learned some more about reenacting.
Then it was time to head on home. But we all decided that next year we are going to dress up in historical clothing so that we may be granted entrance into the grand ball.
Since I have so many pics, I'll post a few more tomorrow.