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    Default Amidst the Storm: Hopewell Homefront 1862

    Date: October 12-14, 2012
    Name: Amidst the Storm: Hopewell Homefront 1862
    Location: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson, PA
    Sponsor/Host: Jessica Craig
    Capacity: @ 40 civilians

    POC: Jessica Craig snowcraig@ymail.com or
    Website: http://hopewell.mainecav.org/
    Listserve: Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/agatheringbeforethestorm/

    Join us in recreating a few days in the life of an early industrial village at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. This event builds on two previous events that depicted life leading up to the Civil War. This year, in keeping with the 150th anniversary cycle, we will portray the Fall of 1862, with an emphasis on homefront support.

    Hopewell Furnace is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and is a remarkably intact example of a 19th century iron furnace village. The furnace, which still exists today, was in operation from 1771 to 1883 and produced a wide range of finished goods and raw materials. The village includes the ironmaster’s house, the furnace complex, several dwelling houses, a boarding house, a blacksmith shop, a spring house, barns, and outbuildings. The setting is rural with little modern distractions and naturally beautiful.

    This civilian-only event will portray everyday life in Hopewell Village in 1862. There will be primarily sustained first person interaction with third person interaction at times with the public. The event lends itself to impressions ranging from the poorest servant to wealthy visitors from Philadelphia. This is an opportunity to interpret the lives of people who not only made the iron possible, but of the villagers who made Hopewell village self-sufficient.

    Hope to see you in October!

    Jess Craig
    Jessica Craig
    Atlantic Guard Soliders' Aid Society (AGSAS)

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    Default Great Event

    I will admit that I am a biased judge, but this really has become a great event. It's a pristine and historic setting. It's a little interpreted piece of history, and a great group of people. If you've ever wanted to delve into the civilian realm, this is a great place to do it.

    Take care,
    Tom Craig

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    I have to remember to keep that on my radar; I'll but it on my calendar now. It is right between where I live now and where I grew up - maybe an hour away from me - and I've been to the historic site many times in my youth/pre hobby years; it has to be an ideal site for stuff like this. I'll try and impose myself in the loop if at all possible.
    Tom Scoufalos

    "Will work, for...knapsacks"

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    Plans for this year’s Hopewell event are taking shape. We are excited about all the new opportunities and activities this year!

    The year is 1862 and our focus is on the home front in the fall of that critical year of the War.

    Last year the ladies of Hopewell came together to form a local soldiers’ aid society and created plans for an event to raise “funds” to support the soldiers at the front. This year we will be “raising” these funds though a soldiers’ aid fair that will feature activities such as, patriotic speeches, music, theatrics/tableaus, reports from the front, athletic competitions, children’s games, and more.

    The men will be participating in the fair, but there is also much work to be done. This year we have access to the blacksmith shop and the carpenter shop. We have a range of period work such as white washing, fence mending, and harvesting. This is not an event where folks sit around – our goal is to keep you busy!

    This event is a fantastic opportunity to experience civilian life. Come put your talents to good use – be it blacksmithing, hearth cooking, wood working, gardening, or painting. Perhaps you are an extremely talented wood chopper – come compete in the wood chopping competition – or maybe your talents lie more in the pie eating category…either way, come to Hopewell and you will have fun!

    This event is mainly first person, so give yourself time to do some background preparation. Registration is open until September 1st and is limited to 40 people, so if you are interested – contact me at snowcraig@ymail.com

    Hope to see you at Hopewell!
    Jessica Craig
    Atlantic Guard Soliders' Aid Society (AGSAS)

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    Last call for registrations for Hopewell Furnace! There is still room if you want to join us. Please email me at snowcraig@ymail.com if you are interested.

    Thanks!
    Jessica Craig
    Atlantic Guard Soliders' Aid Society (AGSAS)

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    Amidst the Storm has come and gone and the fine people who live and work at the Hopewell Furnace enjoyed a lovely weekend together!

    The weather was cool, but sunny and lovely. The setting couldn't be more beautiful with the golden colors of fall, white washed buildings, and open fields surrounded by thick forests. Although the year is 1862 and a horrible war was happening not too far away, it was a peaceful two days in the village. The men and women occupied themselves with tasks and chores such as whitewashing a garden fence, harvesting broom corn, chopping and stacking wood, cooking over two hearths, washing dishes, pots and pans, tidying up the boarding house, picking apples in the orchard, and doing hand work such as knitting and sewing.

    On Saturday afternoon some of the ladies and children of the village set up games to engage the many spectators in an effort to "raise money" to support the local soldiers' aid society. There were many games of tug-of-war, bean bag toss, and sack races, in addition to the very popular collection of children's toys. We were fortunate to have Mr. Pfeiffer, a traveling wet plate photographer, in town and he wowed everyone with the process of period photography. The numbers of spectators to the village was very high and everyone one of us spent a great deal of time talking to and educating the public as to what we were doing. Saturday evening, as the weather grew cooler, we all enjoyed a warm and delicious meal together followed by visiting around a bonfire behind the boarding house.

    Sunday brought a much warmer day and after breakfast (and a group photograph), the Hopewell Ladies' Aid Society met to discuss fundraising and collection efforts. We had a visitor from the Coatesville Ladies Aid Society and she gave us a report about what their group was doing. Following the meeting, we had a small celebration to celebrate Mrs. Ebert's upcoming joyful event (a baby shower).
    The men of the village continued their work in the carpenters' shop and in the barn threshing some bundles of wheat. The day and weekend concluded with a rousing wood chopping competition!

    The weekend was a fun one - we had a great mixture of men and women, young and old, veteran reenactors and brand new ones. If you are interested in trying a civilian only event, please keep this one in mind. Dates are not yet set for next year, but once they are, I'll be sure to let you all know!

    Here is a link to some photographs of the event:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=277ca75bd7

    On to 1863....

    Jess Craig
    Jessica Craig
    Atlantic Guard Soliders' Aid Society (AGSAS)

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