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History comes alive in Tunbridge

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TUNBRIDGE, Vt. - The Vermont History Expo gave Vermonters a chance to turn back the clock and go back in time this weekend.

Imagine a Revolutionary War soldier sleeping in his tent, using flint to start a fire, and digging a trench to boil water. That's Jeff Monder's life at the Vermont History Expo. Several weekends per year he ditches his business slacks to don his 1770s attire. "What we're portraying for the History Expo is several different versions of camp life," Monder said

Monder even eats like a camper from the 18th century. "Perhaps some dried peas, some flour, some rice, maybe some dried salted meat," he said.

Monder was one of hundreds of people in Tunbridge this weekend taking visitors in a trip back through time.  David Allen, a map salesman, takes visitors all the way back to the first mention of the word Vermont. "On the wall here I've got a reproduction of a 1778 map, and the special feature of this map is that it's the oldest map known -- printed -- to have the words 'Vermont' on it," he said.

No matter what your knowledge of Vermont history there was something to be learned from the more than 150 exhibits. "They didn't really have a lot of plaid shorts or anything like Crocs. They just had buckle shoes and all that," said Jason Russell of Waterbury. "Here I really like it because of all the old stuff and how people dress up and act out.

The expo also included horses, cows and even a swine obstacle course -- corralling the rowdy pig was quite a difficult exercise.  And eight-year-old aspiring farmer  Zach Johnson became one of the youngest winners ever in the poultry show.  His garb also showed a flare for history. "I'm gonna go in the parade and this is a farmer boy outfit from the 1930s," Johnson said.

The two day event attracts over 5,000 thousand people each year, on a journey through 200 years of Green Mountain history.

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