A day of living American history in Castine
September 8 and 9, history came alive at Fort George in Castine, and those stories and more were retold during a Revolutionary War encampment that highlighted the town’s role in America’s history.
David Middleton of Kennebunk
David Middleton of Kennebunk teaches Maine Maritime Academy students how to shoot a musket.
Notable American regimental surgeon Dr. John Hart is portrayed by Brian Cortez. When he was younger, Dr. Hart apprenticed with Castine resident Dr. Calef, an ardent British loyalist. The two argued vehemently about the war, to the point where they broke ties and never spoke again. Cortez noted that the American Revolution was really our first civil war, as families and friends were broken apart by politics.
Nick Sobkow of New Jersey is a Midshipman Fourth class studying marine transportation operations at Maine Maritime Academy. He is a reenactor for the 74th Highlanders and a volunteer for the Historical Society. He says that the best way to celebrate American history is to live it.
Lisa Lutts and Anette Ruppel Rodriques
Lisa Lutts, director of the Castine Historical Society, left, and Anette Ruppel Rodriques, coordinator of the encampment for the Friends of Castine Fortifications, are hoping the event will build over time and draw attention to Fort George and Castine and the important role they played in the Revolutionary War.
Kathy Cook portrays the life of a frontier doctor’s wife. Here she makes “three sisters,” a combination of corn, beans, squash and a little broth, typical for the times. She hand sews the period dress that she and her husband use as reenactors.
Bill Cook of Amherst, M.E. portrays a frontier doctor. He describes a prescription used for purging, a common medical intervention at the time.