Man from the country

| March 07, 2006

At the Arena Arts show, professionals demonstrate rope twirling and gun spinning. The world champion whip cracker, now in the Guinness Book of World Records, also performs for the crowd.

Food vendors provide good eats like hamburgers and bratwursts on the 15-acre camp along the Cannon River, owned by the Rice County Steam Engine Club.

Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, Ala., is the place to see refurbished and recreated homes down to the detail. Preserved along Columbus Street, the historical village includes 19th and 20th century structures, from posh town homes to rugged log cabins.

The Ordeman Townhouse, built in the 1850s, has been restored to near-original conditions, including kitchens and slave quarters. All the furniture is period relevant, and each room is arranged in the style of the home. The Lucas Tavern was built in the early 19th century as a stage stop for travelers and immigrants. In 1825, French General LaFayette spent the night in the Tavern on his way to Montgomery.

Other structures include a dogtrot house, a medicine shop museum and a blacksmith shop. Re-enactors portray Southern life during school field trips, so call before you visit if you want to take a tour complete with actors in period dress. Self-guided tours allow you to take as much time as you need to explore the town, but guided tours are also available. Admission is $8 for adults and $7.20 for seniors.

Whether you want to take a tour of an antebellum home or experience a Revolutionary War battle firsthand, there are plenty of opportunities to see living history. As always, search Google or another Internet search engine for a festival or re-enactment that piques your interest.
–Rachel Telehany

Follow the Links
Fort Ticonderoga
www.fort-ticonderoga.org

Boston Tea Party Re-enactment
www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org/

The Wild West Roundup
www.wildwestroundup.com

Old Alabama Town
www.oldalabamatown.com

Colonial Williamsburg
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

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