Colonial Times: A Day to Remember

New this year:
Out of the Ground and Sold Away - Maggie Delaney and Ould Badger are part of a group of n’er-do-wells that are supplying the local doctors and medical schools with the cadavers needed for their anatomy studies. Unfortunately, their group is short one man and they are recruiting to fill that position! Maggie and Ould Badger will explain the Resurrectionists: who they were and why it was necessary for their services. They’ll also have the equipment and tools that are needed as their gang goes about their nocturnal business. Maggie will explain her role as a Professional Mourner and her little side business of selling the teeth and hair of those who are taken “out for a little walk at night”. Be careful, however, and don’t tell what you’ve learned or you may be the next one to be Out of the Ground and Sold Away!

A Night at the Tavern

Dinner is Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reservations required

We will start off at 6:30 with wine and ale in the Tavern. Throughout the evening several different kinds of food will be offered. We promise you will not go hungry! 

Songs of the 18th century will be sung. Games and dance, all this will be a part of our night in the Springhouse Tavern.
Dance Master: Dana Cheney 
Music: Carl Purdy 

Taverns, which were called Ordinaries, were the center of town life. They were built before the church or schools, because they were where the everyday business of the community was conducted. It is not an overstatement to say that they were where participatory democracy took form. They are particularly important to the history of women in this country because many of the first owners were women.

As always the reservations are limited. The cost of the evening is $50.00 per person. Contact or 803-215-0837 for reservations. 

Dance master Dana Cheney will call the dance of the evening after dessert.
Call Lynn Thompson at 803-279-7560 or email her ( to check for availability of tickets for this dinner.

Lady Cornwallis

The weekend event's Special Guests:

Ben Franklin
The Rat Catcher Bill Smith
Jim McGraw
Faire Wynds
Puppeteer Guy Thompson
Dance master Dana Chaney







interior of Perry Hill cabin

Life Under the Crown

It is 1780 and the colonies are in rebellion. Charleston is under Siege and may have already fallen, the rebel forces were defeated at Savannah last year in 1779. Things are not going well for the American cause. But the Rebels are not done yet!

The weekend will be filled with new ways to learn and experience the history of Augusta and North Augusta. Historical reenactors will be at the Living History Park to allow a glimpse of the period of the American Revolution.

Colonial Trades Fair

Local and regional artists will display their artwork and have items available for sale.

If you are planning on participating as a reenactor, please download the registration form.

Colonists dancing


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SATURDAY (10:00–5:00)
Dana Cheney calls the dances at 11:00, 1:30, and 4:00
Leech demonstration at 1:00
SUNDAY (10:00–4:00)
Anglican church service at 10:30
Leech demonstration at 1:00
Dana Cheney calls the dances at 1:00 and 3:00.

All weekend long historical interpreters will show you colonial life and skills. Musketry, sewing, firestarting, woodworking, blacksmithing, tools and trades of the period as well as interactive discussions and activities with the interpreters will fill the day.

Evans' artwork

The event has the sponsorship of

  • Olde Towne Preservation Association
  • Aiken County Council & Accomodations Tax Advisory Board
  • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
  • City of North Augusta
  • WAGT TV 26
  • The Aiken Standard
  • The Star
  • and all of the interpreters who have volunteered their time to Keep History Alive.

Funding assistance provided by Aiken County through accommodations tax funds. 

Evans' artwork


View a video slideshow of the
2011 event, Part 1

View a video slideshow of the
2011 event, Part 2.