Saturday, May 19, 2007

Flintlock Fun

I've just got back from an amazing business (?!) trip. A co-worker and I went out to the island and Fort Rodd Hill to begin to learn about black powder musketry in order to start doing demos at our site sometime in the future. Fort Rodd Hill is an amazing site. It is truly stunning right where it is on the ocean, and such a fun atmosphere - definitely a great place to explore. If you ever get the chance, go visit!

Five years ago I would never have imagined all the neat things I have been so very fortunate to learn since I've become an intrepid Heritage Interpreter. Imagine me, a wee speck of a girlie- coopering, blacksmithing, and shooting black powder flintlock muskets!


Elizabeth said...

That looks amazing, Meg! I've always had an interest in blackpowder musketry. When my sister and I did a project on the American Revolutionary War, she wrote essays on politics and the Constitution, and I wrote "A Brief Discourse on the Operation of Flintlock Muskets". :) How wonderful that you had the opportunity to try this! I love the dress worn in the photo, too.

Jessie said...

Fort Rod Hill is pretty interesting. We used to go there on field trips in elementary school and play hide and seek in the bunkers. Unfortunately I never got the chance to fire a musket.
I'm back on the island for the summer, so if you come over again be sure to get my number from your brother and give me a call. I will take you out for tea!

Mummy said...

Your look just like an Annie!
Did you know that at my first real interp job at the Naval and Military Establishments in Penetanguishene, the soldiers taught me to fire a flint lock-doesn't the powder taste awful! Your brother always called them muckets cause he couldn't say muskets when he was little!

~~Mikki Jo said...

Thanks so much for signing my guestbook and how sweet of you for wanting to bless me with a cabin gift, I know you don't have to do that which makes it even more special. I appreciate it very much. I love what you do. It would be so neat to dress up like that everyday and go back in time. I'm wanting to get a couple outfits to wear at the cabin, because some of the school teachers plan to bring their class to the cabin to learn some primitive crafting and other things. It will be fun I think! Hope your having a wonderful time with those muskets, too cool!

GardenGoose said...

how very interesting. looks like fun too I might add. your costume looks great. here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend.