Monday, February 7, 2011

Battle of Rivers Bridge

Today we attended the reenactment of the Battle of Rivers Bridge.

It was a beautiful day and the ladies were enjoying the sunny weather.

A small cabin from the early 19th century is on site.

The gardens beside the cabin.

These ladies were preparing breakfast just outside the cabin.

As we enjoyed the morning we decided to take a peek inside the historic cabin.

I sat a spell before we went inside.

Come inside with us and check out this little landmark.

A window to the past.

Of course, being a battle site you enter at your own risk.

Inside, letters to loved ones wait to be written...

a cozy bed on which to sleep...

and a wood stove to keep the place warm.

After touring the cabin we strolled past the Methodist meeting house,

and followed the sign to the infamous...

Jenny's General Store.

Dried flowers from her garden.

Come inside with us!

It's everything we heard it would be with shelves of her famous baked goods,

and seeds from her garden
(she hand packaged the seeds with stationary:).

Hubby reflects on all of the wonderful merchandise.

Candles light the small store.

Scales await produce and grain.

The merchants of this lovely establishment.

We quickly discovered that we were kindred spirits.

All of that shopping made us hungry so we headed to our favorite tent for lunch!

Fry bread loaded with taco fixins-yummm!!!

But the reason for the event is the battle.
Cannoneers await the battle call.

Soldiers look out over the battlefield and...

prepare to fight.

Fancy meeting Beth here!
We chatted while the battle raged on.
But who's that behind us?

The guys are chatting about the battle too!

Looks kinda like an old fashioned Superbowl gathering!
Or should I say Super-battle?

After all the excitment I rested a bit,

while Beth went back to tending the store.

Hubby and I left the reenactment and drove a short way to the actual Rivers Bridge battle site which is part of a state park.
We strolled down this path.

Hubby looks out over the scene of the historic battle.

At the end of the path is the river where the bridge once stood.

It was a beautiful place making it difficult to believe that men fought to the death here more than a hundred years ago.

We'd better be heading home.
Thanks for joining us for the Battle of Rivers Bridge!


  1. Thank you for this neat and informative post!
    I like visiting places of history. Enjoyed my visit with you!

    Inside the store is one of my favorites.

    Have a sweet week!

  2. Kim,

    What a fascinating time. As usual, your photos are gorgeous. How enjoyable it must be to take part in these reenactments on the actual historic sites where they happened. Very moving.

    I love that store. Somehow the "rusticness" appeals to me, even though I usually like the finer things. You, hubby and the rest look so authentic wandering the premises. Are those cotton balls that are used to close the chinks in the cabin?

    Great post!


  3. Such wonderful history.
    It is fantastic how some places and sites have been preserved for generations to come...
    Susan x

  4. Oh wow, that was so fantastic! Was Hubby using his new walking stick? I couldn't make it out too well. Anyway, the pictures are wonderful and it looks like you had a really great time. Have a good week!

  5. Wonderful post, I am jealous, I wish I could have been there. Sometimes we all forget how people used to live. We have so much and do not even thank about it. Flip a switch, turn a dial, push a button. Not in those days. I wish I could get a group of you all to come and do at My Old Historic House sometimes. Do you ever????? Thanks, Richard at the 1845 Historic Elgin/Cottrell House Museum in Clarksville,Mo.