Monday, May 6, 2013

Fort Meigs 2013

Okay, hands up!  Who knew there was an enormous reconstructed 1812 fort in Perrysburg, OH?  Okay...who knew there was a Perrysburg, OH?  Yeah, me either.

Well, okay, I'd heard about Fort Meigs before; a lot of the members of the First Regiment Volunteers are from Ohio and southeast Michigan, so understandably they are quite involved with things at their local historical site.  I'd even been in the visitor center, but never inside the walls.  So when some of them told me there was going to be an event there, I figured it might be time to actually go see the inside of the fort!

You guys, wow.  I was expecting a small walled enclosure, maybe with a few buildings.  Um, no.  It's HUGE!  Maybe four or six Michilimackinacs could have fit inside it, and encampments were gigantic.  Not that any one unit was so large, but there were just so many reenactors that the tents just kept on going as far as you could see!  And it was gorgeous--beautiful weather and pretty landscape all weekend long.  You can't really ask for more than that.

As you can see, Samantha looked fabulous (as ever), and despite the brilliant sunshine all weekend she was able to wear her stunning wool redingote the whole time because of the temperate weather and constant breeze.  Er, well, toward the end of the day on Sunday the breeze became real wind, but the temperature never got unbearably hot or cold--which is rare!

We were very fortunate also to have furniture provided (by other members of the regiment who couldn't be there, but who graciously set up their gear for us to use!) so that we were very comfortable all weekend.  And as ladies have done for centuries, we made good use of the opportunity to visit & chat!  And sew, of course.

All in all, basically a perfect weekend!  I can't wait for the next event...which means I'd better get my rear in gear on some decent outfits!  I've got one almost done--That Stupid Dress (aka the maroon wool that I wore to the regency ball) is SO close to being finished; I'm working on the undersleeves and chemisette that it needs for day-wear, and apparently I'm the slowest stitcher ever.  It'll be done by the end of the season...maybe.

Oh, and as always, more pictures at my Flickr!  Be sure to check them out; there are some shenanigans that didn't make it onto the blog that are worth a chuckle.


  1. was great to see you. Your mom's red gown was beautiful!

    1. It was great to see you, too! I had fun with you both at dinner, and I hope y'all got some rest. :)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful event and site! Beautiful pictures and impressions.
    Thanks for sharing :)