Well that photo was taken near Surry, Va. I belong to a historical re-enactment /muzzleloader club called The Olde Virginia Riflemen.
I have been primitive camping for nigh on to a quarter of a century.
We re-enact the US fur trade era from 1725-1840.
We have two events every year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
We try to live as they did in which ever time period one chooses to represent. We have Pre-Revolutionaries, Revolutionary Period, Courier de Bois, and Western Mountain Men. We do have, from time to time, Native American and Colonial Period folks as well.
We try to keep camp in as authentic appearance as possible.
In the Spring, however, make some exceptions for newcomers.
In the Fall, we want the camp to be, as we call it, strictly primitive.
It is a family oriented event and we welcome all visitors, no charge.
If you would like to know more, we have a website:
The Olde Virginia Primitive Riflemen
I built and ran the website for a decade or more and now serve in an advisory capacity. The gal that took over has done a fine job.
Now, about my beard, the last time I shaved, my youngest son was just learning to walk. I made a serious error in judgment that day.
I should have let him watch me shave. When he laid eyes on me, he didn't recognize me and he was scared to death. He is coming up on 22 in January.