Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. July 31, 1776 – Francis Salvador became the first Jew to die in combat during the American Revolution in the Ninety-Six district of North Carolina.  “Here, Mr. Salvador received …

I actually found some REAL Republicans!

For the last several elections, and the upcoming one, I have had a real conflict in that the political party I supported for the preceding thirty years (Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain) is GONE! The principles of smaller government, balanced spending, spreading democracy, national defense, and such have all been supplanted with policies of hate …

Making Whiskey

Whiskey’s origin lies somewhere between 1,000 and 1,200 AD when traveling monks migrating across Europe, introduced the distillation practice into Scotland and Ireland.  Because of the lack of vineyards in these countries, the monasteries turned to fermenting grain mashes and then distilling them into whiskey.  For the next 400 years, whiskey spread throughout the Celtic countries.  …

The Colonial Surveyor Visits Fort Mifflin

On July 18, the Colonial Surveyor visited Fort Mifflin and demonstrated the basic techniques and tools used to survey the Northwest Territories. Veterans of the Revolutionary War received land grants instead of back pay or other remuneration. Bounty-land warrants, often for 160 acres, were issued to most soldiers who served for the duration of the …

Making Rum

Rum’s origin lies in the 17th century Caribbean Islands.  The first distillation of rum took place on the sugarcane plantations, located on the island of Barbados.  Slaves from the plantations discovered that by fermenting molasses, a byproduct of refining sugarcane, they could create alcohol.  Then by distilling this alcoholic drink, they could create a concentrated …