Sunday, August 31, 2014

U.S. Capitol For A Day, Part 1

As I mentioned a few posts ago, when the British burned government buildings in Washington DC during the War of 1812, President James Madison fled into Virginia and the Maryland, to arrive at Brookeville.  Yesterday and today, Brookeville has commemorated Madison's arrival with a festival.  He spent the night at this house on Market Street.

Behind the house was a staging area for some historical re-enactors, both human and equine.

This lady demonstrates how cooking was done back then.

Here's another tent, whose environs were unoccupied.

These two musicians led a singalong.  The keyboard instrument is a celestina, similar to a celesta but smaller.  The audience sat on bails of hay, such as the one partially shown in the foreground.

Two more musicians played the violin and piccolo (or maybe a fife).

Three human re-enactors and their equine partners ride down the street.

That's all for Part 1.  More people and horses will be in Part 2.

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