Early morning on the Commons was simply beautiful as we embarked upon the opening of the 20th annual "Colonial Times, A Day to Remember" event.   A year of preparation has culminated in a diverse gathering of reenactors and living history interpreters with anticipated attendance in the thousands.
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All is quiet in the early morning.
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Soldiers begin to stir and prepare breakfast.
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A sheep
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Faire Wynds perform on the Glass Harps.
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Backwoods cabin.
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Dr Franklin, engaging as ever.
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Max the Tinsmith working on his wares.
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Blacksmith's Forge is a popular venue.
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Ike talks to visitors about local colonial history.
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Cool drinks available at the Spring House Tavern.
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Artillery Deminstartion
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The New Windsor Cabinet Shop hosts many visitors.
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Inquires about the wares for sale.
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Locals form the village stop by to visit.
While we did not get the Shop completed to the point that we could have visitors come inside, setting up on the porch afforded us the opportunity to share a glimpse of what the New Windsor Shop will become as we grow into the future.

All in all, this was a very good beginning.

Chris 
 
Well, the start of our big annual event is finally here!  While the Shop on the hillside is not ready for prime-time during School Days, we are just one day away from our debut -on the Saturday of Colonial Times!

Today we hosted 1,000 school children from the local Georgia and South Carolina  public, private, and home schools.

Enjoy some pictures from the day.
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By the dawn's early light, School Days gets underway!
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Buses unloading students at the front gate.
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General George Washington addresses students at the Barn.
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Students are shown a variety of needle work projects in the Thompson Academy.
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A Back Woodsman talks to students about life in the back country of the Georgia colony at the back woods cabin.
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The French Lacemaker demonstrates the lacemaking process and attempts to enroll young children into his trade.
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One of 2 Blacksmiths talks to students about working metal in the 18th century.
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Ben Franklin and his wife talk about events of the day.
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Colonel Brown reflects on life in the King's army.
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A Native American gives a perspective on life within the Savannah River valley.
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A Toymaker shares his wares with visiting students.
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A Woodcarver memorizes visitors with wit and skills.
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Faire Wynds Circus is a favorite of young and old.
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Lunch is served on the stage.
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The King's proclamations are posted on the Tavern wall for all of his subjects to read.