Visitors to Fort Sisseton’s Frontier Christmas had the opportunity to sample chestnuts being roasted on an open fire on Saturday.
Visitors to Fort Sisseton’s Frontier Christmas had the chance to see an old-time blacksmith in action.
Old-Time Christmas At Fort
The parking lot was packed and Mother Nature cooperated for Fort Sisseton’s annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday.
Attendees were bundled up to counteract a winter breeze, but the sun was shining and snow on the ground made for perfect horse-drawn sleigh-riding conditions at the historic fort.
Visitors also had the chance to sample chestnuts roasting on an open fire. There were also plenty of indoor activities, along with a strong dose of Christmas spirit, to keep everybody warm.
The North Barracks was a hub of activity with popcorn stringing, butter turning, bread baking, music, and an old-time tree lighting ceremony. A matron from the 1860’s visited with people at the hospital where a working loom and candle making were also featured.
Visitors were able to talk with a doctor’s wife from the 1860’s at the Doctor’s Residence and also able to view a sleigh bell exhibit. Those stopping at the Commanding Officer’s
Quarters had a chance to visit with a solider from the 1860’s, and craftsmen showcased their skills at the Blacksmith and Carpenter’s Shop.