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Historic Hanna’s Town wraps up kids’ summer camp, ushers in Civil War encampment

Dan Speicher
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With the help of Grayson King, 11, of Apollo, blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, gives a demonstration during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, shapes an arrowhead for a group of campers during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, holds a stamp as Reed King, 11, of Apollo, hammers the mark into a pot hanger during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, shapes an arrowhead for a group of campers during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Beeswax smoke rises from a freshly smithed having hook as blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, demonstrates his craft to a group of campers during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, demonstrates his craft to a group of students during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, shapes an arrowhead for a group of campers during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Blacksmith Rex Baughman, of Hempfield, shapes an arrowhead for a group of campers during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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Rachel Boggs, 9, of Hempfield, pumps the fan to heat the iron, as blacksmith Rex Baughman gives a demonstration during Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Six students from Westmoreland County finished Revolutionary Kids Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield, just in time for this weekend’s Civil War encampment and re-enactment.

On the last day of of camp, students were treated to a blacksmith demonstration by Rex Baughman of Hempfield. He started off by showing them how to form an arrowhead, and finished with a twisted “S” hook hanger. Along the way he let the campers pump the blower on the forge to keep the fire going, and showed them how to apply beeswax to the finished product to help deter oxidation.

On Saturday the encampment begins at 9:30 a.m. with a battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. Sunday features an artillery demonstration at 12:30 p.m with the re-enactment following at 1:30 p.m.

The full schedule can be found at the Westmoreland Historical Society’s website, westmorelandhistory.org.

Dan Speicher is a Tribune-Review photographer. You can contact Dan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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