On the way to Martinsburg from Frederick we stopped in Hagerstown at the ribbon store...I got a few rolls of grosgrain for dresses and plaids for bonnets... I always do well there but also had a coupon so I couldn't wait to get there. I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn't more plaid ribbon (I can't use the plaids they had that had gold on the edges, though it was beautiful). The ladies that worked there said they didn't make much and that it had already been picked over. I wish I'd driven up there earlier but what I got will be just great anyway!
Here's a better picture...now I have lots of brown for my green wool I bought for a dress, and green for the brown as well as a couple of others that I'm sure that I will find uses for everything. Some of the narrow plaid will get sewn to another piece to make it wide enough for bonnet use. Oh, and the entire bag cost just a bit more than breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
After a quiet night at home, we up and got ready to go out exploring again this morning. As soon as we made the bed it got occupied again...by 3 of the 4 fur children. They actually thought they'd be getting treats from us like we give them right before bed...no way...it's morning, kids...not time yet!
He was working on his wheel and making all kinds of pots and pitchers, mugs and such. The pottery had had for sale was very beautiful and also reasonably priced.
This picture shows a craftsman using a lathe that is operated by his pushing a foot pedal down that is then attached to a rope that is wound around the item that he is turning. He then holds his chisel on the wood he's shaping to make chair legs, mugs, bowls, and other beautiful wool items. As you can see, the artisans and their children were also dressed in period clothing.
This is a rack that displays the various Flint lock muskets that the gunmaker had made. He was working a piece of wood for one while we were there. He already had the barrel in place and it was amazing to see him work.
I just loved the clothing that these two had on, but what got me were the red and green stockings on the man with his back to the camera. If you can see his hat feathers, he has a red one on the top on the same side as the red stocking and a green one on the same side as his green stocking. I don't know if it was significant or not and the two were deep in conversation so I didn't want to interrupt.
This was a shot of the clothing vendor. The majority of clothing they had was made of linen and the information from the farm said that they raised flax to spin into linen. They also had a bunch of reenactors spinning, doing needlework, and cooking up an onion skin dyebath for some wool yarns. They had soap making, papermaking, children's clothing (much of the lower end clothing was made by machine which, of course, was not period), cabinetry, a blacksmith, pottery, and toys.
Here's another shot of the clothing vendor and the women working in the stall. There were quite a few people buying their clothing. It was fun to look but I did notice that they had quite a bit of Civil War looking era things. Prices were very reasonable on everything. I got a couple of repro hair combs and a couple of hair pins and pheasant feathers that I can use for Civil War era dress at the Milliners booth.
Our next stop after lunch was at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. This is where Thomas Jackson earned the nickname "Stonewall". We got there kind of late in the afternoon and had missed the demonstrations they'd done, but we'd been to this park many times already so were weren't too disappointed. Our Passport Stamp list had two additional stamps now at this site so we were on the hunt. We bought our year NP pass here as there was an admission fee and were on our way outdoors. This is the statue of Stonewall overlooking the area where his troops fought so bravely. There were two big battles on this land.
This farmhouse is where the reenactors were and the artillery and musket demonstrations were held but they had already finished prior to us getting there. We made our way to the Stone House after finding out that there was a stamp to be earned there. We had never been inside the House because it's open very limited days and hours.