Featuring the wreath laying by the Illinois Regiment at the family cemetery.
Photos by Kathy Cummings
By Kathy Cummings
Children seemed to be the order of the day at Locust Grove’s 18th Century Thunder Event. While adult re-enactors and visitors stayed bundled up against the cold, the children hardly noticed it. One of the favorite features of this event is the recruitment of children to the military. They sign the papers are issued a wooden musket and practice drilling. To conclude this part of the program the children are divided into two groups and given the command to “charge!”
In addition there were other ongoing displays. The kitchen was a hub of activities with women cooking the evening meal. Below is re-enactor Rod Smothers giving a flax demonstration. Smothers is excellent at describing the process of taking the flax from the field - through the various processes including using the flax break (foreground of the photo) until tit is processed and ready to be spun and woven into linen for clothing on the frontier.
Historic Locust Grove is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Sitting high above the Ohio River the house was built in 1790 by William Croghan and his wife Lucy Clark Croghan. It was a bustling household that often became a gathering place for the other Clark siblings including both General George Rogers Clark and William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery and the many nieces and nephews of the large extended family.