Reenactor visits class

Kevin Maher ties a neckerchief for volunteer Hunter Webber as one of the many layers of clothing worn by Fort Ticonderoga soldiers during the Revolutionary War. (Photo submitted)

NORTHVILLE — Northville Central School teacher Doug Hammons and his class were visited by a Revolutionary War soldier recently, enhancing their study of that era with an up-close-and-personal look at the daily life of a soldier circa 1775.

Kevin Maher, a presenter from Fort Ticonderoga, gave an interactive lesson on the history of the fort and what it was like for a new soldier to travel from his home to join the war effort.

Maher had the students help him make a supply list for a camping trip in 2019, which the group then translated to the late 1700s. Electronics for games and directions became a deck of cards and a paper map, a water bottle became a canteen and matches became a set of flint and steel.

Following a demonstration from Maher, every hand was raised as the whole class volunteered to try to create sparks by striking the steel with the flint.

The class passed around replica items like a toothbrush made from a calf’s rib bone, a spoon made from an ox horn and a wooden plate. Maher then had additional volunteers model the typical Fort Ticonderoga soldier’s clothing and the gear each soldier carried on a daily basis.

The A Soldier’s Life presentation at NCS was sponsored for the second year by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

More information on Fort Ticonderoga, its programs and schedule can be found at fortticonderoga.org.

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