Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

-Albrecht Dürer, Adoration of the Magi

On behalf of Capt. Doug Pitchell and all the members of the New Jersey Frontier Guard, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  

We hope to see you in the spring, as the new campaign season begins.  In the meantime, I hope to post one or two bits of news and projects to tide you over.... 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Military Timeline in Kinnelon

On November 7th, the Frontier Guard took part in its final official event of the year, a military timeline organized by the New Jersey Arms Collectors.

The Frontier Guard represented the earliest era displayed; other groups of veterans and reenactors presented depictions of military soldiers and equipment  ranging from the eighteenth century to the Vietnam War.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hoff-Vannatta Fall Open House

I'm sorry that I haven't posted much at all recently.  Life has been extremely busy, but I will try to rectify that over the next few days.

On October 24th, the Frontier Guard participated in a display at the Hoff- Vannatta farmstead in Belvidere.  As usual, the event at this historic house was busy, with groups of school children and curious visitors.  Luckily the weather cooperated; it was cool, but warmer than the previous weekend at the Van Campen Inn.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Teddy Wilson Photography at Van Campen Day

When we do an event like Van Campen Day, it's nice to have someone who knows what he's doing with a camera on hand.

Photographer Teddy Wilson - - took the great shots you see below.  He's a nice guy, and obviously has a good deal of talent, to say the least.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Snow at the Van Campen Inn

On Sunday, October 18th, the Frontier Guard put on a demonstration for Walpack Day at the Van Campen Inn.  It was brutally cold for mid-October, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s; we even had some snow flurries! Nonetheless, we had a great time.  The visitors were enthusiastic; the music provided by the senior corps of the Colonial Musketeers was lively and appropriate to the time period; our fellow demonstrators were knowledgeable and interesting; and it was great to be back at a site guarded by the Frontier Guard in the period of 1756-1761.  

The Van Campen Inn itself is a wonderful old building whose floors and rooms evoke a sense of history.

The junior members were busy all day, despite the cold, and they entertained visitors and themselves, demonstrating children's games and toys, as well as grinding corn and pressing apple cider...


Despite the cold, it was another successful event, and one we'll be looking forward to next year!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Van Campen Inn

Join us Sunday at the Van Campen Inn in Walpack, NJ.  We will be there as part of Walpack Day, out on Old Mine Road, where the Frontier Guard patrolled in 1756-58.

Quiet Valley Harvest Festival

Last weekend the Frontier Guard took part in the annual Harvest Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm.  This is a great event each year, with large crowds, and this year was no exception.


The weather was nearly perfect, cool, with bright sunshine.

As part of the festival, the ladies of the farm demonstrated traditional wool dying.  The Guard supplied Osage Orange, which produced some of the yellow and orange colors, using various mordants.

There were also musicians and plenty of traditional foods.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Frontier Guard at Trailside

Last weekend, the Frontier Guard set up an exhibit at the Trailsidee Museum in Mountainside.  The weather cooperated beautifully, and as usual, the event was packed.  Thousands of visitors stopped by, and members talked to both old and new friends alike.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Jersey Frontier Guard at Trailside Museum this Sunday!

Join the Frontier Guard at the Union County Harvest Festival at the Trailside Museum in Mountainside, NJ this Sunday.

This is traditionally a huge event, with living history portrayals ranging from the Colonial era to the early twentieth century.  If past years are a reliable guide, there will be vendors,  cider-pressing demonstrations, Boy Scout troops, reenactors, and many other fascinating exhibits that attract thousands of spectators.  The weather predictions are excellent, and we hope you'll make it there.  Mention that you saw the event on this blog!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Another Knife

With the start of another school year, I haven't had much time to post recently, but here's another knife I reworked from an Old Hickory blade.  Capt. Pitchell was kind enough to save a deer leg bone for me, and I tried my hand for the first time pouring a bolster:

And here it is with a center-seam sheath...

It brought $43.00 at an auction to benefit my church, so I was satisfied. It is nice to know that you can make something that others appreciate enough to lay out money to own.

Friday, August 28, 2015

More Photos from Roasting Ears of Corn Festival

There were so many good photos from last week's event, I had to add another post...

The Museum served all participants a nice lunch of ham, fried chicken, salad, and, of course, corn...