Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fort Vancouver Lantern Tour

Fort Vancouver offers some great living history programs.  We attended one of their evening Lantern Tours, and had a blast!  It's meant to be as realistic as possible, and that means no electric lighting. Everyone gets to carry a lantern lit with a candle, and a guide takes you all around the reconstructed fort to give you a peak into the lives of the fort's residents.  While I'm sure lanterns aren't ideal lighting for blacksmithing, the atmosphere was definitely festive, and I can't imagine a more fun way to learn about the history of this amazing place.
Inside the blacksmith forge.
An officer's family playing cards and waiting for two older daughters to return from a dance.
Inside the trading post.
The fort's doctor talks to two helpers as they make bandages.

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