Part I: Village Tour, Camlann Medieval Village

This is Part I in a two part series of our two trips to Camlann Medieval Village. {Part II is here}.

This living history museum is set in a village in the South of England in the year 1376. While experiencing the village, the interpreters stay in character wearing similar garb and using Middle English to speak to the students getting a glimpse of life in a village.

Image Credit: Bikurgurl

We were treated to an unseasonably warm, and sunny, November day in the Pacific Northwest. Located in a small town east of Seattle, Camlann Medieval Village is open mainly during the summer season for festivals and feasts. Year round, reservations can be made for a dinner meal from the Medieval recipes {see Part II of this series for more!}.

We were also treated to a tour of the village, including the a peasant home, beautiful sheep, and the blacksmith shop.

The blacksmith shop was a real treat. My oldest has been interested for quite a while in blacksmithing and working with metal. It’s not my forte. While I may have an interest, I have pretty limited experience taking only one Shop Class in High School. I’ve done a bit more wood working since then, but zero metal working.

I’m surprised how steadily I held the camera. Above my head. New appreciation for nails.

We learned in the village, the blacksmith would make 400 nails per day to earn his wage. Each nail takes approximately a quarter hour to create. Nails weren’t used on many items. Structures were mostly made with wattle and daub, framed structure with a tongue and groove type joint. The nails are used primarily to hold shingles on roofs; two nails per shingle. The blacksmiths in most local villages walked hours to get the iron and coal; main supplies of his trade.

We finished by gathering in the basement of the Inn to look at the beautiful wardrobes of the nobels, as well as discussing the dress of the peasants. Camlann Program Director, Roger, showed us many of the kitchen tools used in the village and discussed how items were made by hand. Made to last. This really feeds into my desire for simplicity.

Yet that, my friend, is another story.

Tying what we are learning in our own study of history, seeing that history come to life in a living history museum is a humbling experience.

Learning, seeing, doing, knowing.


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