Dan Saunders of Seville portrayed the blacksmith at Pioneers in the Park. His wife, Roberta, portrays a frontierswoman. The couple takes a break from re-enacting to make coffee over an open flame. (Photo by Lisa Hlavinka, The Gazette.)
Pioneers in the Park is an annual event with dozens of historical re-enactors portraying Americans from Colonial America to the Civil War on Sunday at Buckeye Woods Park in Medina.
The Parker family of Medina began doing historical re-enactments when Caleb was 6 months old and his father, Bill, plunked an old-fashioned forage cap on his head. From right, Caleb, 13, is dressed as a Union officer, while his mother, Kelly, is dressed as a nurse and his sister, Hannah, also is dressed as a soldier. The Parker family spent Saturday night in the officer's tent behind them. In the photo, the family handles a .58-caliber Springfield rifle that dates from 1863, and also have a cavalry saber that was used in battle, Caleb said. (Photo by Lisa Hlavinka, The Gazette.)
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