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18th Century Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon

The Colonial Marketplace was bustling with activity on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23.

The Colonial Marketplace was bustling with activity on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23. LOUISE KRAFFT

— The lanes of the marketplace echoed the names of the five farms on General George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon: Muddy Hole Farm, Dogue Run Farm, Union Farm, River Farm and Mansion Farm. The lanes were lined with booths from 43 artisans and craftsmen featuring woodcraft, furniture, soaps, baskets, ceramics, textiles, glass, botanicals, jewelry, wigs, bookbinding, metalcraft, papercraft, brooms, paintings and a silhouette artist. The First Virginia Regiment was out in the field doing maneuvers while musicians entertained.

The Market Square stage featured the Great Equilibrist and Juggler Signora Carmella Bella, Otto the Swordswallower, Punch & Judy: the James Rose Puppets, Dr. Balthazar with Miracle Medicine for Man and Beast and audiences with General Washington.