Leonard's Mills Goes Back In Time With Living History Days

Published: Oct. 7, 2017 at 5:56 PM EDT
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Thousands of folks turned out in Bradley to take a trip back in time.

It was all part of Living History Days at Leonard's Mills.

"We have a lot of things that people are interested in and they don't see everywhere, so they come to Leonard's Mills or to one of our other events and this is what we do and we try to teach people about the Civil War," says Sutler, Gary Moore.

And many others events in our history.

Thousands of folks took a trip back in time during Leonard's Mills Living History Days.

The event has been taking place in Bradley for decades, but volunteers say none of it would be made possible without the hard-working men and women who play their part.

"They're all volunteers. About 200 volunteers of every type. You know people doing cooking, weaving, making bean whole beans, blacksmiths, people running old saw mills, water powered saw mills and people with animals," says volunteer, Herb Crosby.

For many the two-day event, is like history class come to life.

Especially for those in the 20th Maine, who spend hours each year teaching kids and their families about one of the most important events in U.S. History.

"Very much a learning experience. The Civil War was 1861 to 1865 and we have a lot of period stuff. We have a lot of living history here."

One of the most popular features this year was the Lombard Steam Log Hauler...built back in the early 1900's in Waterville.

Now, this machine is one of the only ones left in the country.

"It's inspiring to think that a Mainer can invent such an amazing machine that influences future generations."

Over the last four decades, thousands of "time-travelers" have walked through the gates, and volunteers say each one leaves inspired.

"They think it's a beautiful location. We've had people come from all over the world and they just love Maine and are surprised by how pretty it is here."