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1860s Croquet at Fort Vancouver

Tonight is one of Fort Vancouver’s “Evening on the Row” activities: Young ladies will be playing croquet, showing off the latest attire (if you happen to live in the 1860s!). Come and enjoy a pleasant summer eve’s occupation!

From the Fort Calendar:

Evening on the Row: 1860s Croquet, Grant House
Friday, July 29, 2011 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location(s): Officers Row

Fridays at 6:30 p.m. through September 9: This summer program marks the 150th commemoration of the Civil War. Join costumed National Park Service staff and volunteers for a game of croquet at the Grant House, 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661. For details, call the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 360-816-6230.

Vintage Baseball at Fort Vancouver!


There will be two 1860s-style baseball games at Fort Vancouver this summer, July 16 and August 20. Here’s the schedule:

5-6 p.m. Period games (west of Bandsstand)
5:30 p.m. Whiskey Flats Band pre-game concert
6:00 p.m.
Howitzer firing
Rules of the game (they were different back in 1860)
First Pitch by City of Vancouver Elected Official

6:15 p.m.
Game begins between the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the Sherman Base Ball Club of Fort Vancouver

There will be young ladies in hoop skirts and dashing gentlemen in the latest styles of the time, including the players with their woolen Base Ball uniforms. Come one, come all!

1840s Cookery!

Spent the first part of Wednesday at Fort Vancouver, dressed in 1840s costume and acting as a kitchen worker in the Fort kitchen, chopping wood, hauling water, cutting up vegetables, carving the roasted chicken, beating up baked squash with sugar and cinnamon, getting different foods into serving dishes and handing them to another worker who was setting the table.

It was interesting, and yummy, too! (As volunteers, we get to eat the food we cook…)

I wish I’d brought the camera to document some of the work. I’ll try to remember for next time.