Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Pioneer Life Day


At Backus Pioneer Village on Saturday  the volunteers and staff  showed life  as pioneers  lived. Featuring open air cooking,  herbs, games, laundry,gardening ,


1812 military  encampment .Tepee was also set up .

Joanne  doing a lot of  meat cooking on open fires using cast iron  and enamel pots


IMG_4336Cooking blueberry and raspberry jams  in the pot was my job.Under a  big shade tree  with a good breeze made the job   fun not a chore.Gave out  little  samples on wooden sticks as the jam started to set up to the visitors that came by  ….  Very popular spot…..

IMG_4349I am in the middle in my blue garb  with Dorothea and her granddaughter and 2 volunteers Beth and Bailey.

IMG_4334Helping   pack up  the 29 jars of jam  into a basket.


IMG_4341Robin  roasting a pike on a stick over the fire   trying to put it on  the chain hanging from tripod.

IMG_4344Dorothea in cabin and showing  how  to do laundry .

IMG_4347Children had fun  trying out the old scrub board.


Beth at the bake oven  , she made this  tasty blueberry pie IMG_4350IMG_4357



with an old style candy  counterIMG_4358

Some of the dishes cooked, squirrel stew,  venison stuffed peppers , so good,

IMG_4360IMG_4361Venison stew

Cutting the ham , wild turkey, duck.


Lots of  dishes to try.


IMG_4363All the volunteers  had worked up  an appetite after the long day showing how life  was  200 years ago.


IMG_4337A touch of modern when  a wedding party came in to have pictures done in the park like setting.

Busy fun time.


Rosanne said...

Looks like it was a great day!

Barbara F. said...

Looks like a really nice place. I'd love a slice of the blueberry pie. xo

Karen said...

Rosemary, you look amazing in your costume! Isn't it something how life has changed over the decades. We take so much for granted. (At least I have a wringer washer, not a wash board, lol.)

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to make jam and jellies and pies over a camp fire. Wonderful post!

Donna Heber said...

What a wonderful way to go back in time. Gee, I hope it wasn't too hot and humid that day. I see everyone dressed in their proper attire. Very nice Rosemary.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Wow that looks like fun! That blueberry pie looks super delicious!