Saturday, we stopped by the American Independence Festival in Exeter, NH, USA.
Hosted by the American Independence Museum, it probably commemorates something about the revolutionary war in the 1770's.
We were mostly attracted by the ads in the paper that said "The Battle is Back".
We saw lots of smoke. (These guns make amazing smoke rings.)
Sometimes you could see streaks of fire coming out of the guns.
Some day I want to tell you the story of the powder house that appears across the river from the battle. (It was once used to store gun powder).
In addition to the battle, there was parading around to fife and drum music.
An encampment of 4 different groups of re-enactors was set up for the day.
I'll bet a lot of effort goes into the costumes.
This fancy tent must have been for some one important. There were painted floor cloths on the ground.
The bed looked pretty comfortable.
We were double-booked Saturday, so we didn't have a chance to explore the artisan's village (where I heard there were weavers).
Next year we will return allowing enough time to explore and understand what the festival is celebrating.
I love the cupola on the Exeter Town Hall, peacefully watching what goes on in town!
Thanks Jim for the great pictures!
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