"Today, we know that time travel need not be confined to myths, science fiction, Hollywood movies, or even speculation by theoretical physicists. Time travel is possible."
-Clifford Pickover, Time: A Traveler's Guide
I spent a lovely day with my husband yesterday: we traveled back in time to the mid-18th century. It didn't require some mad scientist's elaborate machine, just an hour's drive to Crown Point, NY, on beautiful Lake Champlain, where British and French reenactors were encamped for the weekend.
Although we occasionally participate in French and Indian War events, this time we were just visiting old friends, shopping in the sutlers' tents and taking pictures. As you can see from this little boy's face, these "living history" activities are a lot of fun for reenactors and spectators alike. It's a marvelous way to experience life as it was lived in the past, practice research skills (no one wants to be accused of being a "farb"!) and enjoy a unique outdoor experience.
Carl Sagan said that "If we could travel into the past, it's mind-boggling what would be possible.The possible insights into our own past and nature and origins would be dazzling." I highly recommend historic reenactments as a means to step back into another time and place. You're welcome to view my slideshow and see for yourself.