Colonial York Day 2019
This year, Colonial York Day will highlight actual trials that took place in York – with audience participating as defendants and jurors. Engage with reenactors, demonstrators, and living historians, as they bring the 18th century to modern York. New this year, we’ll be featuring programs on Algonquian Tribal Governance. Explore the roles of the Algonkian man and woman, the customs of kinship/marriage, captivity, adoption, and assimilation into a tribe for both Europeans and other Native Americans with the trade and daily items of the period.
Program schedule to be determined, stay tuned for details.
- What’s in Lafayette’s Goblet?: Participants will sample popular 18th century beverage selections. Taste tipples like punch, mimbo, Madeira, cider and whiskey as Murray Small of Dill’s Tavern shares their background. ID required, limited spaces available.
- The .918 club (Heritage Press Museum) will demonstrate 18th century printing techniques
- Robert Mouland of Wireharp Productions will provide music, and entertainment
- Spoonmaker, Jay Ouliette
- Blacksmith, Ty Zimmerman
- Bladesmith, Jason Metzger
- Tinsmith, Scott Baylor
- Rail splitting by Dave Reed
- Whiskey “mash” demonstration by Sam McKinney
- Pillory “punishment” and photo opportunity
- “This is Home” family activity area: When the town of York was first laid out, there was a requirement that a “substantial structure” be built within one year. That “substantial structure” had to be at least 16 feet by 16 feet. We’ll have a log footprint, 16 feet square with area designated as hearth, complete with cast iron cookware, etc, and furnished with a rope bed and straw mattress that can be laid on. Various chores and games round out the area.
- Living historians from Frontier Living History, Stone House History and others, breathing life into how people lived from the 1740’s to 1770’s.
- Encampments featuring French and Indian War militia, as well as the Revolutionary War Continental Army. Talk with living historians and get the back story leading up to the Revolution.