It's not all about men fighting a war

In the Fairhaven Village Militia, the women and children have always played important roles in our portrayal of life in the 1770s. All around our camps you'll see them working and playing just as they did historically.

Common sights are boys and girls chopping vegetables or carrying firewood. Or they might be gathered together in a circle learning their school lessons from someone older. Young people sometimes perform military drills with the soldiers, but using toy guns rather than real weapons. Their competitions throwing tomahawks combine fun with learning a skill.

And of course there are toys. Children who visit us can try their hands at many fun activities that entertained youngsters more than two hundred years ago. There are hoops to roll and toss, tin soldiers to line up, and dolls to dress. Fun outdoor games include nine pins, trap ball, battledores and shuttlecocks, and graces. Even adults are fascinated by the tricky jacobs ladder and have fun trying to catch a small wooden ball in a cup. 

All members of the militia, young and old, can guide you around camp, explain what you're seeing and answer your questions or point you in the direction of someone who can.