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Jouett House to host Revolutionary Kids Day

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will host its sixth annual Revolutionary Kids Day on Saturday, July 22, from noon until 5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience life in Revolutionary War-era America through a variety of fun family activities. Admission is free and the public is invited. Costumed interpreters portraying Continental soldiers, Virginia militiamen, and Kentucky frontiersmen will talk about their clothing and equipment, as well as demonstrate skills like flintlock rifle-shooting, fire-starting, and tomahawk-throwing. Participants will be able to watch an Irish washerwoman dying silk handkerchiefs that will be for sale, along with a blacksmith and other people at work to observe and interact with. In addition to visiting the re-enactor stations, children will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen, playing frontier games, and making a fan. They can socialize with friends at a children's tea party hosted by Mrs. Sally Jouett herself, and learn to mend artifacts at a display hosted by members of the Jack Jouett Archaeology Project Team. They can also "enlist" in the militia and drill like Revolutionary War soldiers. Special children's historic house tours, pony rides, a petting zoo, and concessions will also be available. While the event is free, concessions are cash only. "This event allows families to discover what life was like for our country's founders while participating in fun activities," said former director Janice Clark, "It's a great experience for all ages. We don't even require an accompanying child for adult admission!" Revolutionary Kids Day is a rain-or-shine event, although some activities may be curtailed in the event of inclement weather. Activities and personnel are subject to change based on unforeseen last-minute alterations in presenters' schedules. Revolutionary Kids Day is sponsored by the Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee, in partnership with the Jack Jouett Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution, the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Woodford Herbalists Club, and Weisenberger Mills. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craigs Creek Road, just off McCowans Ferry Road. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902, e-mail info@jouetthouse.org, or visit www.jouetthouse.org.

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