Chehaw Park teaches American history with Frontier Festival

Chehaw Park teaches American history with Frontier Festival

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of people in Albany got a history lesson Saturday about some people from the past that once lived on this land.

Chehaw Park employees say Southwest Georgia has a deeply rooted history, which is why the park hosted the 27th Annual Frontier Festival.

It’s also a time for people to learn about how early settlers lived on the frontier, as they got settled and made a living during America’s formative years.

“Chehaw gets its name from the Chehaw Indians and at one time we had three different villages here in town and so at a given point in time this was the frontier in Georgia,” said Ben Kirkland, Natural Resources Manager at Chehaw Park.

The time period was between the 1700s and 1800s. To illustrate that time frame, traders line up at Chehaw to sell items like clothes under tents and tepees.

Visitors were shown how to make two stick hand-made fires and buckskin pants made of deer skin.

Women spun wool, showing how clothes were made. People make breakfast, lunch, and dinner over fire, while showing off their weaving shawls and sashes.

“To understand and appreciate how this country was settled and what hardships people had to go through we have a tendency to romanticize things,” said Kirkland.

A blacksmith is on site making everyday items that are still used today--like iron. Others wore clothing like Scottish kilts.

“It was a tough life and whatnot but they took it in stride and you can see how people actually did things without the modern conveniences of today,” said Kirkland.

The last day of the Frontier Festival is Sunday. It starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

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