History is brought to life at Leonard's Mills

Published: Oct. 7, 2018 at 8:42 PM EDT
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Fall days mean wood smoke, fresh cider, beanhole beans and wagon rides. The smith’s hammer ringing at a forge under a chestnut tree.

Folks got a chance to relive history at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum’s largest event, Living History Days this weekend.

The Leonard’s Mills area hosts 1790s re-enactors and demonstrators portraying life in an early logging settlement–canvas tents and cooking over the fire.

Spinning and weaving in the sawyer’s house, smithing, woodworking and more activities throughout the grounds.

Help with the cider pressing, then have a cup with a hot biscuit and some beans when the pots come out of the ground. Take a wagon ride around the grounds and enjoy the fall beauty.

The 20th Maine Company B Civil War re-enactors will be encamped in the field before the covered bridge, sharing a part of what life was like in the 1860s.

Many Maine men left a life working in the woods to fight for the Union. Life was hard.

Some things hadn’t changed much since the 1790s, though. Compare clothes and cooking gear on either side of the bridge.

Study the sawpit and water-powered sawmill in the Leonard’s Mill area, and then check out the 1900s Millyard.

Lots to see in the Visitor's Center, including Peter Grant of Odd Duck Foundry casting metal, some serious two-man chainsaws and models of logging equipment. The Visitor’s Center houses Lombards loghaulers as well.

It was a full weekend of bringing history back to life!!