Colonial Times: Under the Crown

Living History Park entrance in North Augusta, SC
Living History Park freedmans house
Medicinal Garden at the Living History Park
Apothecary at the Living History Park
Apothecary sign
Apothecary herbs drying
Tents at Colonial Times

If you've never heard of Augusta, Georgia then you've most definitely never heard of North Augusta, South Carolina and if you've heard of Augusta then you may be a little confused that North Augusta is across the river in a different state. If you've actually heard of Augusta you may have also heard things little nicknames like "Disgusta" or comments like "There's nothing to do here". Well, I'm here to blog about all the fabulous things we do have to offer, even if that mean giving away all my secrets and tips in the meantime. 

Firewood storage
Town tavern at the Living History Park
Rootbeer at the Town Tavern
Ratcatcher at the Living History Park

One of my favorite events each spring is Colonial Times: Under the Crown. Held annually at the Living History Park (just a few blocks from our house), Colonial Times is a unique way to experience the history of the area by taking a step back in time to the American Revolution. A few times a year the public park is transformed into a trade show and fair filled with reenactors and skilled tradesmen. 

It's so much fun to walk around and see people working with their hands. We've learned so much over the years about musketry, weaving, blacksmithing, and woodworking. You can even purchase goods made by the local artisans throughout the weekend event. Even though we've been attending this event for the past ten or so years, the Old Town Preservation Association still manages to keep it fresh. So many new buildings have been placed in the park to enjoy and there were lots of new reenactors to switch things up a bit! My favorites this year were Timothy the Weaver and Bill Smith the Ratcatcher. 

the Barn at the Living History Park
Greenhouse at the Living History Park

If you've never been to the Living History Park, you can go anytime you want! Unfortunately, there are only a few Colonial Times events throughout the year so you'll have to keep an eye on their calendar. It's worth a visit and the best part is that it's absolutely free to attend!