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Texian Market Days 2007

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1 Texian Market Days 2007 on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:45 am

copied from Texas Civilian Yahoo list. Posted October 2007 by Annette Bethke

Texian Market Days was held this past weekend at George Ranch
Historical Park in Richmond, Texas. Texian Market Days presents
vignettes of daily lives from the 1830s through the 1940s. I, Nancy Tucker and HolliBeth Mareck were at the 1860s house, which is interpreted as an upper class plantation house. The ranch was most gracious and gave us free use of the house and its contents. This is an opportunity we don't get often in Texas. We did not do first person for this event.

I arrived on Friday evening and stayed the night in the house. It
was wonderful; a little dark and lonely, but a great experience.
George Ranch has no roosters at the 1860s house to wake you up, but they do have owls who perch on the chimneys and hoot down into the house at 5:00 a.m. Saturday was a beautiful day, the kind of day we relish in Texas reenacting; a slight breeze, mid 70s, clear skies, perfect.

Once everyone arrived, the Confederates camped out in our front yard (there were no Yankees at the event) and we ladies settled into the front parlor. Then the crowds arrived. It was a constant flow of people all day long; it was great. We spent the day poising for pictures, answering questions about the house, talking about daily life in the time and explaining our clothes. It was really fun to watch people as they walked into the hall, looked into the room and saw us there; the looks on their faces were great. In the afternoon we prepared our lunch and ate in the dining room. Again the reaction of the public was interesting, several not wanting to walk into the room afraid of disturbing us.

There are some photos of the house on this group's Yahoo! site and I'll get some other photos up soon.

Next year's event will be the 25th anniversary for the event. They hope to have the carpets, drapes, and more furnishings in the house. The ranch is also interested in having us out to the ranch at other times to interpret the house. I would love to see some of you join us for those events and at the 25th anniversary if possible.

copied from Texas Civilian Yahoo list. Posted October 2007 by Annette Bethke
Speaking of photos, here is a link to Nancy Tucker¡¦s album from TMD at the 1860s house

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