Big boomin’ laundry lessons

I love Sunday afternoons. It seems there’s always something going on — either at our house or nearby. In this case, it was Peddler Days in Hanoverton, home of historic Plymouth Street and the Spread Eagle Tavern. Live music, rootbeer, vendors, crafters, a Civil War encampment and reenactment and my favorite—tables and tables of used and vintage books. After lunch at the tavern we sat in the shade and listened to these folks. And you know my very favorite thing about this photo?

Now that’s authentic.

Spread Eagle Tavern is a lovely place …

inside …

… and out.

We walked the shady street and sifted through period clothing and antiques for sale. We searched in the hot sun through boxes and boxes of books. I came home with The Farmhouse Cookbook and the girls picked up several copies of vintage Nancy Drew novels. The boys stayed busy discussing Early American gunsmithing with one of the soldiers.

And then we visited the laundress. She gave instructions, explained a few details and then put them to work.

And now that they’ve been properly trained, I may have them do the laundry every day!

Kay (who assumes the role of laundry woman during reenactments) has a lovely camp set up. These are her cooking tools. Together with a fire she has everything she needs to prepare tasty meals. Want to know how to simplify your kitchen? Here you go … the crucial tools. Throw in a sharp knife and a big pot and you’ll be set!

A table and chairs would be nice, though. And a few other essentials make any camp cozy and comfortable for the men who might return after battles were fought.

The rebel soldiers were a colorful bunch …

But the Union boys had the big guns and boy did they produce a BIG boom.

And the day produced some very big smiles.

Have a great week, folks.

Maybe I’ll share some tasty recipes from my new cookbook!

Go exploring! You may enjoy these previous posts.


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    MAC July 12, 2011 (7:47 am)

    I LOVE little festivals like that!! You have to tell me when the next one is. There always seems to be neat little things happening in your area. We were over in Columbiana County on Sunday and that area is absolutely gorgeous!!

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      Farmgirl July 12, 2011 (1:40 pm)

      You were so very close! It is in the southern part of Columbiana Co. probably about 20-25 minutes from where you were!

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    Kay July 13, 2011 (9:27 pm)

    There is a soldier and some future laundress’ in training. I loved having the girls to help. You’re a beautiful writer, but not as beautiful as the kids smiles.

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    Emma Ann Weatherly August 7, 2011 (3:21 pm)

    The Spread Eagle Tavern has drawn me in… how I love its historic architecture, its serene and simple atmosphere (technology be damned!) and its wonderful, wonderful tavern fare! The service is impeccable, the food superb. Oh, how happy I am you have posted these photos! I will search for the dates of the next Peddlar Days in Hanoverton! Columbiana County is truly an undiscovered treasure, isn’t it?