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Chehaw brings visitors back to early American life

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Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resources Manger Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resources Manger
Some of the volunteers hollowing out a log for a canoe Some of the volunteers hollowing out a log for a canoe
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgia history buffs are taking the public back in time.  The Parks at Chehaw kicked off its 22nd Frontier Festival today.

Volunteers re-enact early American life from the 17-hundreds to 1840.  Organizers said it's a fun way to teach people history and remind them not to take modern conveniences for granted. 

"We need to know where we came from to appreciate what our four fathers went through," said Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resources Manger.  "And it's real easy to romanticize history and think oh it'd be great to live back then, but there was a lot of hardships and that's what the American Frontiersmen had to go through."

Kirkland said participants are hollowing out a canoe log this year.  He said there will also be horses, black powder rifle competitions and tomahawk demonstrations.

The celebration runs till Sunday evening, rain or shine.

 

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