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Colonial Times: A Day to Remember

Posted: October 23, 2012 - 11:43am
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)  Daniel Boesche, 2, of Statesboro plays a drum with a Colonial reenactor named Luke the storyteller during Colonial Times: A Day to Remember event at Living History Park in North Augusta on Saturday, October 20, 2012.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Daniel Boesche, 2, of Statesboro plays a drum with a Colonial reenactor named Luke the storyteller during Colonial Times: A Day to Remember event at Living History Park in North Augusta on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

A sun-splashed fall day set the tone for the 21st annual Colonial Times: A Day to Remember.

Saturday, Duane Muller and his wife, Krystal, of Evans, took their three children to the Living History Park.

The Mullers and hundreds of other visitors witnessed re-enactors demonstrate how people lived between 1735 and 1785.

Duane Muller said the event provides real-world experience for his children's history lessons.

Jim Vann Ness, an American Revolutionary War re-enactor from the Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps in Rock Hill, S.C., credited the event as a growing success.

‘‘I've done 11 of these and I can see the growth,’’ said Vann Ness, who is a civilian field engineer at Fort Bragg, N.C.

‘‘Not only has the landscape grown, the public turnout is larger,’’ he said.

The event, held Saturday and Sunday, featured other popular re-enactments including Luke, the slave storyteller; George and Martha Washington; Call to Arms and Presentation of Colors for Olde Towne Militia; and Larry Watts’ antique, wooden meat pit, where flavorful scents of roasted turkey and pork filled the afternoon breeze.

Lynn Thompson, Living History Park chairwoman and Olde Towne Preservation Association president, said she founded the event because ‘‘too many people failed to realize our (Southern) region’s rich history.

‘‘We're here to teach them about the hardships and struggles our forefathers had in making this country was it is today,’’ she said.

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