My BF sometimes gives me a hard time about me needing a tent at events. (Not sure if that's partly due to the fact that he has to help me set it up. ) "It's not accurate" he tells me. I always respond with the fact that it's fine for him to go without a tent all weekend... He can sleep on the ground and change his shirt without having to hide. But would I want to sleep all night in my corset? Probably not. And especially if I'm wearing my hoops, I can't change my clothes in a port-a-potty, I need a tent.
I know he's right though. I believe I read somewhere on this forum once that civilians did camp now and then, but I'm doubtful that they had camping resorts like we have now. A person in the 1860s would probably never see a small village made up of a handful of A-frames, plenty of wall tents, and tent flies all covering a room worth of furniture.
So if you're like me and you attend events where there's no accommodations at the venue (no buildings in which to stay), what do you do? Do you put up a modern tent next to your car in the parking lot? Drive a motor home? Stay in a hotel nearby? Or do you camp at the venue with a period tent? If so, do you use an A-frame or a wall tent? How much other stuff do you bring with you?
And, most importantly... How would you explain the small village of tents at some events? ("It represents a town?")