Another of my avocations, which allows me to combine so many of my other loves, is historic interpretation. I interpret many periods of history, from the 17th century to 5 minutes ago, and can be found in many guises, from the most elevated personages right down to the downright unsavory. One of my longterm staple interpretations is of an 18th century dyer, seen above plying my trade circa 1800 at the Fair at New Boston, an annual market fair at the George Rogers Clark Historical Association (GRCHA) Park.

Other sites where I have interpreted 18th and 19th century life include Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA; Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, VA; Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas, VA; the Warren County Historical Society Festival of Leaves in Front Royal, VA; and Ashlawn-Highland Plantation in Charlottesville, VA.

I have also interpreted various members of my cast of characters with the First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, a recreated Revolutionary War military unit (don't try to overrun my camp when there's an axe nearby, you traitorous loyalists!) at many historic sites and events, including the annual George Washington's Birthday Celebration (City of Alexandria, Virginia) at Ft. Ward and in the Presidents' Day Parade, at Mt. Vernon, at Ft. Frederick MD, at Carlyle House (Alexandria, VA), and at the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

By the way, for your entertainment, here's an example of cooking dinner for 40 - in July, hence the flushed complexion....

Other impressions include an 18th century bobbin lacemaker (one of my personal favorites); a very enterprising lady who makes as much money from the betting gentlemen as she does from her lace. The hand is quicker than the eye....

One of my "unique" impressions is of Deborah Sampson Gannett, a most interesting American patriot in the American Revolution who enlisted in the Continental Army using her brother's name, and passed as a male for several years before battle injuries exposed her identity.

Other interpretations and personae include 18th century hearth cooking, handspinning (various periods and social classes), 18th and early 19th century weaver, farmwife/shepherdess (17th through 20th centuries), 17th century gentry, 18th century "middlin" to gentry, 19th century farm and merchant classes, early 20th century upper middle and upper classes, and more. Please peruse this site for more images of my personae.

If you have a specific need, please ask - there are many people living in our house.