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This blog follows the reconstruction of the Revolutionary War Public Armoury on the James Anderson site

Reconstruction of the Blacksmith's & Public Armoury

December 20, 2013

How Did We Get Here?: A Look Back at Reconstruction of the Shop.

To our readers: James Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury opened on November 16th, 2013, bringing the reconstruction project to a close.  While we will all enjoy the completed Armoury for decades to come, this blog, dedicated to the reconstruction effort, will soon be winding down.  Before we go, …

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December 6, 2013

How Did We Get Here?: A Look Back at the Kitchen Reconstruction

To our readers: James Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury opened on November 16th,  2013, bringing the reconstruction project to a close.  While we will all enjoy the completed Armoury for decades to come, this blog, dedicated to the reconstruction effort, will soon be winding down.  Before we go, it seems appropriate to take a …

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November 25, 2013

The Armoury is Officially Open!


Ken and Steve in the shop.


The Wheelwrights in the Armoury’s workshop.


A cart full of muskets.


Cooper at the Armoury on Saturday.


Enhanced security at the Armoury entrance.


Steve in the Tin Shop.


The Armoury’s bread …

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November 8, 2013

The Latest Details: Armoury Opening Weekend

For three and a half years, the “Continental” army of the young “United States” has marched from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania, fighting not only for independence, but for its utter survival. Washington has done all in his power to keep the Army in the field, but as the war has dragged on, with desertions increasing …

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October 25, 2013

Get Ready!

Armoury Grand Opening

November 15-17, 2013

Dedication on Saturday, …

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September 27, 2013

Meet the New Armoury Tin Men

Joel (left) and Steve, the Armoury’s Tin Men.

We have completed our search for Tin Men to establish and lead our new historic Tin Shop, and have selected two workmen from a host of worthy candidates.  We had 40  applicants for two positions in the shop, making review and selection a time-consuming process.  …

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Funded by a generous gift from Forrest E. Mars Jr., of Big Horn, Wyoming.


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