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Harken Southfork Longhunters Sponsor Second Annual Rendezvous Pre-1840 Living History Reinvention In Hundred

By Staff | Oct 29, 2008

The town of Hundred was the place of the second annual Rendezvous Pre-1840 Living History Reinvention of Fur Trade by the Sportsman and Farmers Conservation Club, better known as the Hundred Sportsman Club, Oct. 24-26.

The beautiful setting of the Hundred Sportsman Club was where 25 or more reenactors came together to bring back the living history of the pre-1840 era. Tepees, One Pole, Hunter, Trader, Wall Tents, Wedge Tents, Marquis, and Scallop Tents were lived in by families and shared by many festival fair-goers to share not only the way of life that was lived by our precious past ancestors, but to share their knowledge and hospitality to all that came to the three-day event.

All the reenactors on half of the Hundred Sportsman Club area used everything authentic, including their clothing and living quarters. They came from all over the country and help each other get settled in. They started their campfires without the use of matches.

Because of the poor weather during the weekend, many of the reenactors were unable to attend, but there where still plenty there at the Sportsman Club to show how life was lived back in the 1840’s and earlier.

The Living History of the 1840’s will be back in Hundred next year and the town of Hundred and the surrounding communities should take time to learn and join in the festivities that went on.

Games for male and female adults, as well as children, were performed and fun was had by all. Knife, tomahawk, and spear throwing; flint and skill contest, to show who can bring fire to life the fastest; muzzle gun shooting skill, and hunter skill tests; as well as many other skill games.

Some of the shooting skills from their muzzle rifles included shooting from about 30 yards at various obstacles like splitting cards, putting out a flame on candles, shooting through a hole in a piece of wood, hitting a hanging piece of coal, shooting at the straight edge of an axe, breaking the musket in two, scattering a piece of clay targets on each side, and many, many other shooting skills along with a two-hour hunting obstacle course where various targets appeared along the way.

On the other side of the camp there were people selling crafts that they made, like handmade forged iron work, native American crafts and blacksmith items and the use of modern technology was allowed, but all made by the crafters, not brought in from oversees.

A barbecue and rib dinner was sold at the Sportsman Club and plans are being made for this and the Rendezvous Pre-1840 Living History Reinvention again this spring and again in October 2009.

For further information can contact the Sportsman Club at HC 67 Box 83 Hundred. Or you can contact club president Billy Joe “Buck” Howell.

The Hundred Sportsman Club is about two miles outside downtown Hundred on Route 69.