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History comes alive at Chehaw

January 12, 2003

Albany- This weekend the grounds at Chehaw park has been turned into 18th century village.

"I started picking a lot of information that I didn't pay attention to when I was in school about the French and Indian War and Rogers's Rangers," says Natural Resources Manager, ben Kirkland.

This is the 10th year of the Frontier Festival, re-enactors depict history between the early 1700's and 1840. Not only do participants wear clothing of time period, but they also make products used then.

"How often do you see a working blacksmith. There's probably only a couple left in the country," adds blacksmith, John Williams.

Some even get their children in on the act. "It makes it more real for me. It makes me feel like my ancestors really did this and it's not just something somebody made up," admits Ashley Wiese, daughter of Veronica, the candle maker.

Though the re-enactors say they love doing what they do, it's the smiles on the children's faces when they are enjoying history, that keeps them coming back.

Historically these festivals, called rendezvous, and were a chance for mountain men to trade goods in the Rocky Mountains.

Posted at 6:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com