|Plimoth Plantation English village|
|Wampanaug summer house|
The Indian village represents the Wampanaug tribe that met the colonists on their arrival. The villagers can actually come from any tribe in America and are not "in character", i.e. not pretending to be from 1627. The most informative "Wampanaug" we talked to was actually from North Dakota and was tooling around the village in an electric wheelchair. The handful of structures represent Wampanaug summer and winter homes and the inhabitants demonstrate Wampanaug life, regardless of what tribe or part of the country they actually hail from. The day we were there everyone was busily splitting reeds so they could be dried out for basket making, which was primarily a winter activity. A few of the women were roasting quail on a stick. They looked good but we weren't offered any.
|Helpful native in electric wheelchair|
|Quail on a stick|
|Plantation family at supper|
The project of the day was the making of charcoal, which was used primarily by the blacksmith. After all... "sure and there be plenty o' trees about. You wouldn't go t' all the trouble o' makin' charcoal just to warm yer 'ouse or cook yer food." But to work iron you needed something that burned hotter. They explained the process of charcoal making, but all there was to look at was a big pile of smoking dirt. So here is a smoking dirt picture for you.
|Charcoal maker with smokey dirt pile|
|Historic colonial era water barrel|
|Ye olde grist mill|
As we left the mill to head home, an Osprey flew up and landed in a tree across the street. So I went to the car and got my long lens out to take a few pictures. Oh look, here's one now.
|Ye olde colonial osprey|