MAPPING THE FORT

MEET THE COLONIAL SURVEYOR Did you know that George Washington’s first job was as a surveyor? Learn the art and science of surveying the land in the 18th century manner with a colonial surveyor. Attention Scout groups! Reserve in advance for special opportunities – contact FortMifflinInfo@gmail.com or call the office at 215-685-4167 This will be a …

Period Correct ways to get Yeast

I know Reinheitsgebot permits only water, hops, and malt as ingredients in beer but if you want to make beer, mead, cider or any other alcoholic brew, you need to add yeast.  In the 21st Century, many homebrewers just rip open an envelope of dried yeast from the local homebrew shop and add it to …

All Men are Created Equal…

There were 87 edits to Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence. Most were trivial, shortened phrases here or word substitutions there, but there is one glaring omission. One entire paragraph highlighting perhaps the greatest CRIME committed by King George, Parliament, the various “companies” (like the East India Company) and other agents of British …

A True Patriot’s Message for July 4th, 2020

Today’s news presents a struggle for those of us with patriotic leanings. On the one hand, our country has a proud history and on this July 4th we celebrated the highest ideals of our great nation. On the other, many patriots are marching on the streets to remind us that high ideals without high moral …

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 6, 1768– The Vice Admiralty Court Act — gave Royal naval courts, rather than colonial courts, jurisdiction over all matters concerning customs violations and smuggling.  The Vice-Admiralty Court …

The Colonial Scientist Visits Fort Mifflin

https://videopress.com/v/DjMSI3Lo?preloadContent=metadata While we all know the ramification of Enlightenment thinking on politics in the 18th Century, it also had a profound and seminal effect on science. Prior to the Enlightenment, scientific thought, when it could be separated from theology, was dominated by theories of absolute truth (biblical revelation) but over the course of the 16th …