Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Village Fair

Saturday I went to the eighth annual Village Fair at Mendenhall Plantation in Jamestown, N.C. The early 19th-century house and barn belonged to Richard Mendenhall, a Quaker. It is now a museum about that family's everyday life and the "Other South" - people who kept up plantations and homes by themselves because they did not believe in slavery.

The Village Fair featured crafts - kids making Quaker bonnets, a lady spinning wool, a metal detecting club showing the artifacts they've found, vendors and musicians.

Left, The Good News Boys. Below, Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends.

They had a blacksmith working at his trade, and a few people in costume.

I didn't get to see it this year, but across the street at the old meetinghouse they re-enacted a traditional Quaker wedding.

The false-bottom wagon, now at Mendenhall, was used to transport runaway slaves on the underground railroad. Read more about the wagon here. They rolled it under this tent just before a big rainstorm.

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