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Festival takes attendees back to Territory days

Festival takes attendees back to Territory days
Festival takes attendees back to Territory days
Albert Robert, portraying a Nashville doctor, uses Ricky Cross, 10, to demonstrate a bloodletting. Photos by Lauren Burch (click for larger version)

Visitors were invited to participate in a blast from the past at the seventh annual Indiana Territory Festival on the Corydon town square last weekend.
The festival, which ran Friday through Sunday, was a historical re-enactment of the life of Indiana settlers in the early 19th century. Booths on the square demonstrated various aspects of settler life, from 19th century medicine to laundry.
‘We always come every year,’ said Denise Goller, who attended the festival with her husband and daughter. ‘We’re having a really good time, and there’s a lot of variety of things to look at.’
Festival attendees could purchase a number of historical items, such as petticoats or bows and arrows.
Teresa Sanders of the Marquette Trading Co. returned to the festival for the second year to sell her clothing, custom-made hats and toys.
‘It’s a great event for us,’ Sanders said. ‘We do well here, and it’s a great historic location here on the square.’
There were historical presentations throughout the festival. Frank Jarboe, of Woodburn, Ky., gave an old-fashioned sermon Sunday morning and, on Saturday Dr. Albert Roberts of Nashville lectured on 19th century medicine. He demonstrated the tools and techniques used for bloodletting, denistry and amputations, among other subjects.
At noon, there was a memorial service for Corydon soldiers who fell in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe.
Event organizer Nathan Logsdon of the Taylor-Rose Historical Outfitters in Charlestown read the soldiers’ names aloud, and re-enactors of the Harrison County Yellow Jackets militia company fired a salute.
‘We got a lot more people than we did last year,’ said Logsdon. ‘Every year is a major improvement on the crowds.’
Logsdon gave partial credit on the turnout to the weather, noting that years with rain had drawn smaller crowds.
‘I’m sure having good weather helped,’ he said.
Two families who appreciated the good weather came to the festival on Saturday from their camping trip at O’Bannon Woods State Park. The children in the group ‘ Brianna and Luke Rahman, Patrick Betz and Caleb and Cole Scherzinger ‘ checked out the different displays.
Logsdon found it ‘hard to say’ which of the festival’s events drew the most viewers but noted the festival’s musical performance as popular.
‘The live music was a good draw,’ he said.
Next year, Logsdon hopes to have the funds to double the musical performers.
‘I know that we’re going to try to bring in a new band and try to bring in a few new programs,’ he said.
The festival rotates its programs from year to year, so that each festival will offer something familiar and something new.