The year is 1771 at Claude Moore Colonial farm at 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, three years before the American Revolution. Transportation isn’t an issue in Northern Virginia yet, as long as you have a horse. Bartering or tobacco notes drive the economy.
The annual Spring Market Fair was held this past weekend at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean. Visitors to the event were treated like visiting neighbors by the costumed interpreters, who portrayed period civilians and militia members from the 1700s. Children were invited to live and play as they would have in 1771, far from video games and text messages. Many colonial wares — such as herbs, flowers, jewelry and clothing — were sold using modern money. The food offerings on Sunday included chicken, pork sausages and fresh vegetables. Authentic ale was available in the tavern.
The event was one of several at the farm throughout the year. The next one will be a wheat harvest on June 15. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.1771.org.