Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village

This past weekend was the Civil War Remembrance weekend at Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI).  This one was particularly important as it's the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War; over 500 reenactors from all over the country participated.  

For three days (in some truly awful humidity and hurricane-infested storms), men (and some of their families) setup their tents and camped in full reproduction regalia.  On Monday, a special ceremony with foot soldiers & cavalrymen, "politicians" & belles, color guard & band occurred on the Village green to commemorate those that have risked and those that had lost their lives for the freedom of this country.  It was particularly moving.

Last week, I featured quilts of Greenfield Village (part 1 and part 2).  Today, I thought I'd share quilting in the Civil War encampment.  I know these images are small here; if you would like to see a close-up, click on the picture.

Actually took this one last year, but I like it and figured you haven't seen it yet.

These are the owners of The Dressmaker's Shop in Leslie, MI.
They've setup shop in Sutler's Row for the last few years.
Great people and good prices!

Most of the tents were closed due to the humidity so it was nice being able to peak into this one. 

Some quilts were right out in the open.  Later, after the noon ceremonies, the owner came back and took a nap with it!

I'm having a greater appreciation of cheddar in quilts.

Lovely lady, hand quilting, on a VERY humid day.

Soldiers have to transport them somehow, right?

I'm assuming this was Union and not Confederacy.

Not part of the outside exhibit - this quilt took the workers of Firestone Farm 15-years to make by hand using 19th-century techniques.  It now resides in the Henry Ford house.

Has nothing to do with quilting, but aren't they sweet?
I do hope you enjoyed my Civil War quilt show, and that you and yours had a safe & healthy holiday weekend.



  1. Oh, what fun that must have been. We went to one in Wisconsin once and really enjoyed that. Don't you just love Michigan. This past weekend we went to Frankenmuth and had a great time seeing the sights and eating far too much.

  2. I used to work with a guy who did this - he told me their suits were wool - can you imagine! I couldn't take the heat, lol. Lovely pics!


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