Friday, November 5, 2010

Civil Folks Living History Guild

What a fun way to spend an evening!
Our Living History Guild meets at our home and we prepare period meals on the wood stove, learn a bit about English Country Dance, sing and play instruments sometimes and just give updates about our lives, the simple things that we love and our experiences with Living History.
These pics show the cookhouse and fires being prepared for the cooking, wife dancing and chopping wood.
We dined on Swamp Stew (Vegetable Beef Soup) homemade cornbread (My wife is the BEST cornbread baker in the South!) and Fresh Sweet Potato Pudding. Everyone agreed that having a Guild is Good!
Blessings until next time,
Frank and Pamela


  1. I would love to hear more about your guild. How many are there in your group? Do you all go to reenactments as a unit? How strict are you in your clothing, manners, and presentations?
    Inquiring minds want to know...well, at least THIS inquiring mind does!
    Thanks for the post and pics!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Ken.

    We are a fledgling group of 12-30 folks. Wife and I are progressive in our reenacting. Others are in very first stages of interest and others are more advanced.

    While Civil War era is our aim, we truly do enjoy the 1830-1865 period. The pictures you see are from our cookhouse behind our home. It is primarily for our personal entertainment but we can study pit cooking or wood stove cooking there. It is always great fun to entertain because we ask folks to bring their own bowl, spoon, fork, etc.

    We have gifted musicians who help us out from time to time, we study acapella singing and a bit of country dance, Virginia Reel, etc.

    There are no real rules, just a time for fun and relaxation and learning. No expectations except building friendships and sharing what we have learned.

    One day we do hope to attend reenactments as a group but in the meantime each will attend at his/her own pace. We do several local events together as scenarios but members are attached to different military groups, thus the Civil Folks Guild.

    Most of the attendees are involved in a Christmas program we do at an 1844 church locally and that is what really keeps us attentive. We will do many different activities throughout the Winter in preparation for our Spring events.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Frank and Pamela

  3. How cool is this?
    I hope to one day do more living history out of my home. We do have period dress gatherings here and there, but they are more meetings rather than actual portrayals of the past.
    I really enjoy hearing about your group and your cook house.

  4. I love your kitchen and the fact that you can enjoy your friends while having such a good time. It is my dreamed to one day have a "spot" all my own to do much the same thing. Thank you for sharing.

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