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Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount

Today we learned about life in the late 1700's from authentic living history actors.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Rocky Mount is wonderful!!! I took a course in 18th century cooking there when I first moved to TN from PA. In PA I was with a dance troup that did 18th century dancing and we performed at Hope Lodge, Thomas Massey House and the Swedish Cabin in Delaware Co., PA. Good times!
Comment by NaYan Sat Oct 10 18:49:27 2015

"Today we learned about life in the late 1700's"

What did you learn?

Comment by Robert Sun Oct 11 06:47:17 2015

Robert, go to this site: to learn more about Rocky Mount. From the website: "Passing through the door of Rocky Mount, you step back in time to the year 1791... George Washington is President of the United States and has appointed William Blount as Governor of the Southwest Territory. Governor Blount has taken up residence at William Cobb's log home of Rocky Mount to conduct the business affairs of the new territory. When William Cobb arrived with his family in the western frontier of North Carolina in 1769, he did not realize that his new home would play such an important role in shaping the future of our country."
As a former re-enactor, I can tell you that this site is very historically accurate. The folks who volunteer to do the re-enacting are very knowledgeable. If you don't live in the SW VA/NE TN area, look around your own home town to see if there are any historical places that do this type of re-enacting. They might have mini seminars about life in the 18th Century. I was especially attracted to their gardens and animal husbandry lectures, such as how to make your own cheese, how to start a fire with flint & steel, and many other low tech methods of living. People think "low tech" means "subsistance" (which is a euphemism for "starving") which is so far from the truth! There are many things one can learn from 18th century ways of doing things that would benefit folks in the 21st Century.

Comment by NaYan Sun Oct 11 10:30:24 2015

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