Friday, May 28, 2010

Fort Lincoln, part two – Custer House & barracks

After we took in some of the sites, we ventured over to General Custer’s house so we could take the guided tour.  The gentleman that gave us the tour was very good and once we stepped into the house it was like a time warp and we were present in 1875. 



We learned that they set the table with the dishes upside down because of the dust & dirt that would blow through the open windows.  He also talked about what was being served and of course Gen. Custer’s favorite vegetable, which he would be seen eating like an apple, onions was being served. 


Our guide told us before we went in that if he said “take special notice” of something that meant it was an actual item that was present in the house when the Custer's lived there.  The first thing were the curtains on the front windows in the parlor.


This picture isn’t very good, but it was the bathroom with the tub (left corner) and apparently, Mrs.. Custer said it was like taking a bath in a thimble.  LOL


The turkey platter in the corner on the counter in this picture was an actual wedding gift.



Above, our guide was sharing a story with the kids about this wild cat (below) that was chained up in the basement.  It was really neat how he was in character the whole tour.



Above our tour guide wanted us to “take special notice” to this writing desk that General Custer used.  Then the little green book (below) was General Custer’s favorite book.  Which books were a rarity to have so many of the soldiers would trade books, but this was one that Gen. Custer never traded.


This was one of Gen. Custer’s favorite pictures, which it was a pencil drawing of his wife on their wedding day, another actual piece from Gen. Custer. 


We enjoyed our tour and learned some fun and historical facts about Gen. Custer. 

Barracks at Calvary Post

After our tour of the house, we got to - at our leisure tour the calvary’s barracks. 








We enjoyed our visit and actually spent way more time than we had originally planned, but we didn’t realize how much history was there.  Who knows we’ll probably go back and take in some of the natural beauty by walking or riding our bikes on the trail.

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