The Regimental Brewmeister’s Vanilla Extract

In 1993, my boss gave all his chemists a really cool gift.  He made vanilla extract and bottled it for everyone in the lab.  The vanilla was far superior to anything you buy in the store and while it is long gone, I still remember the label: Ross Schaeder’s Handmade Vanilla NEVER SOLD, only givento …

Von Stueben Altbier

During the early American Revolutionary War, Continental Army lacked strong central command and was made up of state-run militias operating independently of each other. Each militia operated by its own rules and regulations and there was very little standardization or guidance for the duties and responsibilities of soldiers and officers.  In 1777, Friedrich von Steuben …

Come Help Us Create a Unique Portable Bar at Fort Mifflin

On September 17, 2022, Fort Mifflin took possession of an Amish surrey style wagon approximately 5 ft wide and 7 feet long in serviceable condition.  This buggy was donated by Warehouse on Watts and transported to the fort by Fort Mifflin staff.  The buggy is in “good” condition but not roadworthy and does need minor …

Despite Today’s Politics, the Turkey was Never Considered as Our National Symbol

There is a myth that the turkey almost came to represent the United States. The story goes that after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Congress asked Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to design a seal for our new nation. Since many of the Germanic nations, incorporate eagles into their pageantry, the eagle …

First Thanksgiving Celebration

On December 18, 1777, General George Washington’s army celebrated the first national Thanksgiving in Gulph Mills and on Rebel Hill. The celebration caused a one day delay in the army’s march to Valley Forge, which General Washington had decided a day earlier, was to be where the army would make its winter quarters. The purpose of …

Thanksgiving – 1770’s Style

In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating November 26 of that year as a national day of thanksgiving to recognize the role of providence in creating the new United States and the new federal Constitution.  Thanksgiving as a celebration of surviving the first year of the Plymouth Colony had been celebrated in Massachusetts …

Holiday Spirits with the Regimental Brewmeister

November 24 — Fort Mifflin Spent too much time with your in-laws for Thanksgiving … Come learn about the OTHER spirits that reside at Fort Mifflin.  For the last several years, we have run a very successful program on 18th Century brewing class and our original plan was to repeat this on Black Powder Friday.  …

Outerwear – Capes are the Height of Gentlemanly Fashion

It’s raining — AGAIN.  We are entering the winter season and that is generally the time when we most question the wisdom of 18th Century clothing.  A couple of years ago, I was smart enough to purchase a great black wool cape.  To be honest, this is perhaps the warmest overcoat I own and on …