Diner Series

Posted April 19th, 2012 by Candice

You never know what you’ll see in diners around here!  The minute we entered Frost Diner in Culpeper and I saw these re-enactors, I asked them if I could take pictures even before I ordered. 

I was impressed by the young girl.   You don’t find many girls doing this.  Re-enacting is time-consuming and expensive (to get the authentic look).  She was not wearing a hoop-skirt, which was correct.  Girls did not wear them until they were a certain age.  I was also impressed by how most of the men had cultivated a genuine look.  The man in the kepi cap and goatee could have stepped from an daguerrotype. 

Every December, the Battle of Fredericksburg is re-enacted.  Years ago, I came upon “Lee,” “Jackson,” “Longstreet,” and “Stuart,” on their horses, re-creating the famous ride through the bombed streets of Fredericksburg after the battle.  “Stuart” gallantly doffed his plumed hat to chat with me.  I was thrilled.

These living history actors spend long days in the heat (their uniforms are wool), talking and demonstrating, reminding us that the war may have been orchestrated by famous generals, but it was fought and endured by ordinary people.

2 Responses to “Diner Series”

  1. Agy Wilson says:

    I go back and forth with how I feel personally about these things (my Uncle Pete was a re-enactor for the North’s side). I love the idea of feeling the empathy for history that so profoundly affected us right down to this day. I love the idea of keeping history fresh and alive for new generations. But this was such a divisive period in our history, and much of it DID center around slavery even if only from the economic end of it. I know lots of Northerners don’t talk about it, and perhaps that’s because we affiliate differently with that past then our Southern counterparts. But I do know there’s a faction that this is about racism and the ignomy of defeat. Such a complicated subject, but I love the idea of keeping the discussion open and LOVE the history. What a great surprise, Candice!

  2. Candice says:

    It’s always a tough subject, Agy, even after 150 years. It was so ugly and horrible–we want to forget, but we shouldn’t. I applaud the people who give their time to educate, so we don’t forget, as much as I applaud those trying to keep historic places from being overrun by Wal-Mart.

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