A soldier lit a candle on the Christmas tree during the tree lighting ceremony in the South Barracks during Frontier Christmas activities. Attendees sang carols while the tree was lit.
Step Back In Time
Attendees of Fort Sisseton’s Frontier Christmas had the opportunity to take a step back into time on Saturday.
Holiday traditions were re-played at the authentic 1864 military outpost.
Candles on a cedar Christmas tree were lit by soldiers as visitors to the South Barracks sang Christmas carols. Attendees had the chance to participate in arts and crafts, butter turning, bread baking, and were able to write a letter to a veteran hero. There was also rope making, weavers, a sleigh bell exhibit, and popcorn stringing.
Visitors taking a stroll around the fort grounds could talk to a soldier’s family from the 1860’s at the hospital, talk to a soldier’s wife at the doctor’s residence, or visit with an 1860’s soldier at the Commanding Officers Quarters.
They were able to watch skilled craftsmen showcase their skills and learn about the trades at the blacksmith and carpenter’s shop. Then they could roast chestnuts on an open fire while they were waiting to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the fort’s parade grounds.