Homespun: Life in 19th Century North Georgia
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Fort Oglethorpe, GA: On Saturday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park staff and living historians will provide programs, at Brotherton Cabin (Tour Stop 4), in Chickamauga Battlefield, examining the experiences of life in North Georgia during the 19th century. Formal programs will be conducted at 1 pm, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. As part of Kids to Parks Day and in conjunction with the Homespun program, children and families can participate in hands-on activities related to life on the rural home front from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The United States largely began as a rural nation, with most people living on farms. This type of life was no exception for the families hewing their farms from the Northwest Georgia wilderness. Homes were often single room cabins made from logs, with cooking done over an open fire, and visibility provided by oil lamps. Individuals also developed numerous home remedies to combat various illnesses as well as ways to use the natural environment to create items needed on a daily basis. Come learn how many of the battlefield's residents lived during this tumultuous time in our nation's history.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/chch.
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