Benjamin Banneker, a free and self-educated African-American man born in 1731, spent his life farming, studying mathematics and publishing six almanacs. In commemoration of this icon of the self made man, an 18th-century Market Fair will be held at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park on June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 300 Oella Ave in Ellicott City, MD. Come dance to colonial music, watch craftsmen at work making soap, rope, candles, hardware, and of course visit with and sample beer by your Colonial Brewer. You can also interact with “historical figures” from the era including Mr Banneker himself. The event is free, but organizers from the Benjamin Banneker Foundation are asking for a $5 donation for on-site parking

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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