Monday, June 27, 2011

Genesee Country Village & Museum 1812 Weekend (2011)

Erinn & Katie, June 26, 2011.

This past weekend was a weekend of firsts. It was my first time at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, the first time I've been to that particular event, the first time Erinn came with me, Erinn's first I said--lots of first-times! It could not have been a more perfect weekend. The site is amazing, the weather was lovely, the people were wonderful, and it was just...well, perfect!

Erinn learning archery from our new friend Victoria.

One of the best parts about the experience was that we got to make (careful, considerate) use of the buildings, so there was a very home-like feel to our activities. We went calling on our neighbors, sat on the porch and sewed, took a turn about town; it all felt very like living in a Jane Austen novel. (Or, if you're me, Patrick O'Brian.)

An afternoon on our fabulous porch.

Sewing-wise, the only new things I made for this event were Erinn's gown and cap. For myself, I brought my block print, and a green wool gown that I made back in January and never photographed, despite having worn it since then. Oops.

Green wool in front of the McKay house, our 'home base' for the weekend.


  1. That sounds like so much fun! I really do want to do another reenactment sometime... I should do something about it I suppose.

  2. Rachel, if you're still living in Cedarville, there is a reenactment (1812) called Fair at New Boston in Springfield, OH, which I believe is pretty close to Cedarville. It's in September, and I'm planning on being there with my regiment. :)

  3. Beautiful pictures - looks like a wonderful event and a lovely weekend. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Lovely pictures, and lovely blog! I tagged you for a One Lovely Blog award - Thank you for sharing your work!

  5. I have a question... What group are you part of? How were you able to use the sites? How much was it? Thanks!

    Lauren aka The Lady of Portland House

  6. Hi Lauren! I wish I had gotten more time to talk to you at New Boston...but this will have to do. ;) I'm with the First Regiment Volunteers, a militia unit. The nice thing about being a militia is that there's a lot of room for civilian interpretation as well. One of our members works at Genesee Country Village & Museum, and another works with Greenfield Village, so we were invited to use both the sites as a sort of special event weekend in conjunction with their normal museum/interpretation programs. Because we were basically volunteering to participate in the interpretation of the sites, for us it was free of charge. Of course, we were interacting with the public, and generally expected to act like employees during business hours, but we got to have our own fun after closing time at the sites. :)

    One of our members, Ericka Osen, said she talked to you and your friends about coming to Greenfield Village next year? I'd love to see you out there!

    Oh, also, if you're interested--my group's website is at War in the Old Northwest: First Regiment Volunteers

  7. Hi Katie!

    Thanks for the info :) We were invited to so many events I can't keep them all straight. I would def love to come someday. I don't know about next year, but maybe the following year. It sounds like a lovely time :) Here is my email so we can keep in touch more easily...