Volunteering at the Fort at no. 4 is indeed fun but also educational, informative, a learning and teaching process. Volunteers assist in preserving not only the deeds our ancestors accomplish but they way they did things and the very way they lived.
We moved back to New England in 2002 and almost immediately found The Fort at No. 4 and visited four or five times that first summer. The next summer, at my son’s suggestion, we became members and from there to volunteering and reenacting was a very small step. As a young man in the late 1940’s and 1950’s I was intrigued with early Colonial history. I read everything I could, fiction and history, on the subject. One of my favorite was Look to the Mountain by LeGrande Cannon, the story of a young couple, the first settlers in a New Hampshire town. It was concerned with the daily living of these people, the way they cleared tilled the soil, the way they built their cabin and barns, the hunting and fishing, and the first town meeting. Except for a short bit on the Battle of Bennington, there is no big picture, no heroics other than their daily fight against nature. It is just a young couple, our ancestors, doing precisely what we do today; providing for our families, sheltering and feeding them, teaching children but doing it in a rugged 18th century way.