Colonial Times: A Day to Remember

We got a nice note about the event:

I just wanted to thank you and all the wonderful volunteers that make the Living History Park come alive.
Having visited Fredericksburg, VA, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Gettysburg, and many
other historical sites, I feel like I learned as much yesterday at your event as at any other of these places.
The fact that it was close to home, and free of charge was a completely unexpected plus.  

Please forward my thanks to all the re-enactors and the exhibitors that made the event so special.

My kids are becoming History Nuts just like me.  They had a ball!

God bless,

Terrall Putnam
Evans, Georgia

And Priscilla Hudson shared a photo album from that event: Click here.

Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair

Dinner is Thursday, April 20, 2017
Dinner with a special guest
Benjamin Franklin
Reservations required

Lord Cornwallis

Our special guests are Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah! Guests will enjoy an 18th century-type meal while Doctor Franklin regales us with stories of his experiences, both here in the Colonies as well as in England and France. Perhaps he will have some bit of good news for the Patriot cause to share with us. We caution you to take care that the Crown forces do not find out about his presence here in Augusta!

Chuck Molenda has been passing information on to students in elementary, middle and high schools and adult college courses. He has spoken to historical societies, genealogical groups, library sessions, at historical reenactments and community groups.

“I portray Mr. Franklin in the first person. I feel I present him as I see him: a simple man with many layers; a wise man, with a wicked sense of humor; an intelligent man, always seeking simple solutions. His many writings have given us a picture of an incredible individual. However, today’s average person only sees him as the man who flew a kite or the man on the $100 dollar bill. I would like to change that perception.”

Historical interpreters in dress and manner from the 18th century will be your hosts & hostesses for the period dinner followed by historical entertainment and dance. There will be a puppet show featuring Punch and Judy!
An 18th century dance master and live 18th century music are included. Tickets are $60 per person and are required for this dinner on Thursday. (The rest of the Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair event weekend is free.)

Wine and ale will be offered in the Spring House Tavern starting at half past six in the evening. The menu:
Appetizers: Fruit Shrub, Cheese, Tavern Crackers
Soup: Green pea & herb soup
Salad: Salmagundi
Main course: Smoked Turkey Croquettes, Short Ribs, Onion Pie, Root Vegetables & Asparagus, Artisan Bread, Madeira
Finish: Syllabub, 5 Flavour Queen Cake, Wine and Ale

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:

Puppeteer Guy Thompson
Benjamin Franklin
Faire Wynds
Jim McGaw
Timothy the weaver
The Surgeons
Dance master Dana Chaney
The Ratcatcher Bill Smith







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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2017 Scavenger Hunt Questions:
Grades 1–7 (PDF)
Grades 8–12 (PDF)

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.