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Keeping Their History Alive

The Sons of Liberty of Southeast Ohio routinely gather to camp and live like their ancestors might have done hundreds of years ago in the Appalachian foothills.

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Linda George:

I just think its important to know where you come from, and you have to know your history to know where you come from.

Gary George:

We shoot live rounds and shoot for competition. We call it a woods walk and you can have camaraderie with your friends and it improves your accuracy, not to mention its a lot of fun.

Shooting a firearm is one thing but shooting a muzzle loader is a historical event. It can actually bring you back down to a simpler day so to speak. Where they used to do things a little slower, a little less frantic.

The rifle is a big part of it for me because I like to hand-construct them. And there is just something romantic about the rifleman and the woodsman. I've noticed this seems to be an older persons hobby because I'm 49 years old and I'm one of the young people. If I get the opportunity to get one younger person involved I've done something to help keep the old ways alive.

Linda George:

Like the little girl when she first came she said, "I would hate to be a pioneer," when we were dressing her and by the end of the day she wanted to come back.

Gary George:

People come all over for these events. When I camp beside someone I might not know them, but I know I can trust them.

We like to have and drink and sit in front of the fire. Fire is like colonial TV. Throw stuff on it watch it, you know the fire licking up its just peaceful. Even though the day is full of activity its still relaxing, I don't know how that works. I'm always tired when I get done rendezvousing, but I didn't really work.

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