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Local Resources

Three Barons Fair (we do our demonstrations here):

Glasses: If you have an old pair of prescription glasses, you can order a pair of historically-accurate frames and have the old lenses re-ground to fit. I had mine done at Lake Otis Optical, and I was very happy with the results.

Contact person: Ray Blackford,, 563-5118
3744 Lake Otis Parkway (between 36th and Tudor, west side of the street)

Other Guilds

Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia:

Saint Maximilian Landsknecht Reenactment Guild:

The Appin Regiment:

Buckingham's Retinue:,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

18th Century New England Life:

Compagnie d'Ordonnance:

La Belle Compagnie Home Page:

Soper Lane:

Order of the Boar:

Barber, Chirurgeon & Apothecary Guild:

Plimoth Plantation:

Colonial Williamsburg:

The Order of Selohaar:

La Confrerie de la Malemort:

Regia Anglorum:

The Empire of Chivalry and Steel:

Period Events and Entertainments Society (PEERS):

The Guild of St. George, Inc.:

The Seadogs:

Cardiff Rose Entertainments:

First Captain's Company, Earl of Stamford's Regiment of Foote, Army of Parliament, ECWSA:

Danse Macabre, Dance of Death:

Ohio Renaissance Festival Washer Wenches:

Das TeufelsAlpdrücken Fähnlein:


Jas. Townsend:

Guild of Saynt Luke:

MacGregor Historic Games: (also has quotes on Scottish clothing)



Polish Tomm ( the acketon maker): (he now takes paypal somehow)

Historic Enterprises:

Buckles, Pins, Jewelry:

Raymond's Quiet Press:

Sources for Shoes:

Sarah Juniper:


How To Information

Cotte Simple (making 14th and 15th century clothing):

How to make your own Celtic knotwork trim:

Research Sites (I'm using this term loosely here)


Blood and Sawdust:

Medieval Scotland:

Here's an article on painted cloth:

How people used to live (household information):

Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums:

Plimoth Plantation, a living history site:

Information on handguns:


1. For military folk, especially Northern Theater - MUST MUST MUST see Joseph Plumb Martin's "A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier." Written in the 1830's by a man looking back on his Revolutionary service, from the early days (he joined up in '76 I think) to the end of the war. It's a very easy read in fairly contemporary language, and as I mentioned to Sandy there are places where he is... discreet... about the details of the actual engagements and the horror of what he was actually witness to (the few scenes he does mention though... good God.) It's not a *jovial* take of the affair my any means, but there's definately the flavor of a man trying to season his narrative with the color of boyish enthusiasm. The biggest part of life though is daily life in the service - constantly stealing.. I mean.... scrounging ... I mean... "requisitioning" food, and the things a bunch of headstrong young men get up to when they've got nothing to occupy their time. VERY worth reading.

2. The Revolutionary Climate - - picked at this on and off. LOTS of little rabbit trails to get lost in. Very nice.

On the Patriot side - all the usual stuff. Common Sense, contemporary accounts of the Boston Massacre/Riot such as the one here - (Colonial Williamsburg had a reprint of an account printed by... I want to say Franklin. I'll see if I can find it). Also, I've read Locke's Second Treatise was widely circulated at the time.

For the Tories, I recently ran across "The American Rebellion, A Tory View" by Oliver, written in 1781. It's in high 18th century style, so it can a little getting used to, but um.... let us just say human passions have changed little. :) (PDF, around 20 Meg)

There's also some fantastic lectures on (search for "American Revolution)."

For a broader context yet, I have yet to find a better book for setting the stage than "Albion's Seed" by David Hackett Fischer - it describes the various inroads of migration in the 17th and early 18th century. After reading that, a LOT more of say the squabbles amongst troops in Martin's account (to say nothing of our regional fights today) will make much more sense. LOVE it.

3. Daily life - "The Backcountry Housewife", Kay Moss and Kathrynn Hoffman - lots of recipes for cooking, preserving, etc. "Foxfire" is of course way post-period (written 1970's, recording stories of folk from the 1930's) - but a lot of the techniques (say, rendering pine tar, making lye soap, etc) are probably for the most part unchanged. My focus is mostly Southern Appalachia and the Ulster Scot culture, so a lot of what I've come across there won't be as interesting to those doing Northern Theater, but give me a shout if you want more detail. I have *lots*

Also for "Dan'l Boone/Simon Kenton/Hawkeye" type characters, The Mark Baker stuff (movies and two books) have a lot of neat stuff, both "how to's" as well as original accounts. He gets some flak from some for sometimes improvising "well this looks right" based on his experience *doing* it in the woods rather than documentation.... so take it with that in mind. That said, I've read his two "Pilgrim's Journey" books which span his continuing "what can I do better" improvement from 1986-2005, so um... yeah. Fun stuff.

4. Clothes and toys. My Williamsburg friend swears by "Women's Dress in the American Revolution" for an intro text. Sandy has my copy of "Tidings from the 18th Century" which is fun but I'm reading now a little dated. Chrissy can speak to the specialist stuff faaaar better than me. She's like... smart and stuff.

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