Zumbro Bend Rendezvous Mantorville Minnesota

Last year, these folks got evacuated due to flooding....the two previous years, it rained each day. Finally, this year was perfect weather! They set up on Tuesday and stay for the week, open for education days on Thursday and Friday, and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Since we went on our own, we joined up with some other homeschoolers from Rochester and Pine Island.

Our first stop was learning about the matchlock rifle.
                                                    Here is a video of it being fired...
                                                     Matchlock rifle being fired.

This lady taught us about was very interesting to learn how denim used to be dyed with indigo, and what they use for synthetic dyes daughter vows to never wear denim again.

Foxy lady has been trapping beaver her entire life. She is wearing a beaver hat from the early 1800's.

Of course the girls loved the archery!

For lunch, we walked downtown.

We were going to eat at the historic Hubbell House, but they did not open until 11:30. This was originally built as a stagecoach stop in 1854.

Lunch at the County Seat.

My panino was yummo...avocado, feta, tomato, onion, spinach.

heading back.

sharing some fudge

This guy was the girls' favorite. He talked about native American life.

Here is showing us us his millefiori beads made in Venice. He also had chevron beads, but I did not get a photo.

He explained why this bow is decorated with diamond back rattlesnake skin.

Learning about the Hudson Bay Company.

This gentleman told us of the daily lives of Puritans.

another video I took.

On our way out of town we stopped to see the old stone church.

and the ruins of a brewery.

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