The big news this week is taking place in the brickyard. Brickmakers are now in Day 3 of a 5-day brick burn, preparing materials for the Armoury and its outbuildings. Although this event takes place beyond the reaches of our webcam, please look for a full photo spread and report early next week. And if you live close enough to visit, please do! The brickyard is open to visitors from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. through Sunday, November 20th… although you can be sure that there will be intrepid brickmakers tending the fires all night.
There is breaking news at the Armoury as well. This morning, the first fire was lit in the Anderson kitchen fireplace. Jim Gay, of the Historic Foodways department is, at this moment, simmering the inaugural pot of stewed beef and vegetables (please click on images to enlarge). While the proof may be (as they say) in the pudding, the chimney draws well, and the fireplace itself is an unmitigated success. Today is simply a trial run for the kitchen. The building will be fully functional and open to the public beginning in early April 2012.
Also at the Armoury, a window and two doors were installed on the north side this morning, giving the building a sense of substance. All is coming along smoothly. If the opportunity presents itself, please take advantage of the lovely fall weather and see for yourself!
Meredith Poole, Staff Archaeologist.