#33: Visit Historic Fort Snelling (Part 3)

Soon the tour started to get into some of the primary purposes of the fort (i.e., defense):

01_round tower sign

The Round Tower was three stories tall:

02_round tower stairs

The view from the top.

03_view from top of tower

From here, you can see the small corn field (from Part 2 of this post series) on the right, and the Recruiter (also from Part 2) on the left [kind of in the background].  In the foreground, you can see a re-enactor standing next to a young boy (who was probably around 5 years old).  The boy was signaling up to his brother (who stood near me on the top of the Round Tower) trying to communicate a message, just as soldiers did with one another on the battlefield during the Civil War.

04_bottom flag boy

The older brother (probably around 8 years old) was less interested in ‘playing’ with his younger brother, so the re-enactor sent a response back down.

05_top flag man1 06_top flag man2

Continuing with the theme of “communication”, the next stop on the tour was an old-timey photographer:


(Ruth and Christine, I immediately thought of you two when I saw the process this man was working through.)

02_photographer at work

Some of the standard wares of a photographer back in the day.  (I love the booze bottle; they were nothing if not honest during this event, I grant them that.)

03_photographer's desk

But photographers weren’t the only men who enjoyed a drink every now and again.  When a soldier found himself in need of supplies, he stopped at the Sutler.

01_sutler intro 02_sutler sign

A soldier could purchase variety of items – if he had the cash to afford them.

03_inside store1 04_inside store2

Exiting the store, I was surprised and delighted to encounter some soldiers relaxing – much as I suspect they would have done in the 1800s.

05_outside the store

Children needed to relax during those hard times, too; below is a basket of toys kids played with back in the day.

01_basket of games

A re-enactor helped modern-day children play with the toys that entertained their ancestors – and I was delighted to see many 21st century kids genuinely enjoying some of the items that were enjoyed 150 years ago.

02_playing with boat

At this point I took in some of the ‘ambiance’ of the site, and really imagined what life was like during Civil War times:


No modern-day tools to help with moving items from one place to the next.


I love that a jug was placed in the open – I imagine this was a very common sight.

Ladies, can you imagine dressing like this every day?  Think about going grocery shopping in this outfit (and with no cart to push around the store):


The men didn’t have it any easier.  One re-enactor took a break in the shade; I can only imagine how hot he was in his wool uniform on this 80-degree (F) day:


Remember the flute-playing chap from the entrance?  He also took advantage of the shade by finding a new spot indoors to continue his musical performances (this time he played “Oh Susanna”). He was quite the personality!

05_banjo and flute player

When I saw these two people chatting, I felt like I was really visiting the 1800s.  I almost felt like a time-traveler; it was a truly strange-yet-interesting sensation….

06_soldier and citizen

[Click here to continue reading about my visit to the fort.]


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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