Fort Harrison 
Daniel Harrison House, circa 1749

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Colonial Trades Fair June 18, 2016
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Fort Harrison's first Colonial Trades Fair was held on June 18, 2016.  Artisans from around our area shared their skills and educated our visitors with a wide variety of colonial trades.
     Clyde Jenkins of Stanley, Virginia educated our visitors in his art - white oak basket making.
        David Ray Pine of Mount Crawford demonstrated the art of cabinet making.  View his fine work at davidraypine.com
    Glen Bryant came from Clifton Forge to share his trade - the ancient skill of blacksmithing.

Flint knapping, the art of making stone tools, was demonstrated by George Lott of Bridgewater.
 Gary Robinson, of Warm Springs, shows his skill as a broom maker, an essential product in colonial Virginia.
       Master engraver Mark Thomas of Dayton engraves on wood (gunstocks), horn (powder horns) silver (silver smithing) and other products.  You can see more of his work at MarkThomas-graver.com
      Cathie Miranda, the Pottery Lady of Luray, came out  with many pieces of her pottery for our visitors to view.  Click here to see more of her beautiful work!

     Terri and Tim Duff of Fair Lawn Farm near Monterey shared their skill as sugar workers, cooking up some delicious maple syrup! Learn all about their apple butter, smoked trout, maple syrup and other farm stuff at: comehometofairlawnfarm.com

​      Fort Harrison's Sallie Meffert cooked up some delicious food in our newly restored cellar kitchen. 
       Harry Harmon of Bridgewater demonstrated rug weaving on his loom. Many homes in Rockingham County have one of Mr. Harmon's woven rugs!
       Krista Wardecker of Broadway, Vicky Mongold of Fulks Run, and Debbie Forrest of Luray shared their spinning skills on the porch of our summer kitchen. Penny Hollabaugh of Luray used Fort Harrison's 19th century loom to demonstrate weaving skills.
       Mark Thomas demonstrated the intricacies of firing a flintlock rifle, the weapon of choice for many on the Virginia frontier, just like Daniel Harrison. 
Musicians Mel and Karen Lee and their friend Cheryl Tobler entertained us with colonial music and authentic costumes! 
Photographs are courtesy of Allan Litten Photography and Cheryl Lyon.  Thank you for your contributions!

Join us next year for our Second Annual Colonial Trades Fair at Fort Harrison.
Scheduled date: June 24 2017!